Even though I have lived in concord my whole life I have never read ANY Thoreau, non at all! Can you believe that? I have been deprived of a great author or so I thought. Thoreau is a well know historical author, emphasize on historical. I personally do not like this kind of writing, i can sit through and read it if need be but would never motivate to read it on my own. I did like where he talked about how some people are born with farms and tools they inherit from passed generations. This part really stuck with me, it just really shows how much impact parents have on kids. Further more, when Thoreau refers to “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country” really hit me and stuck with me through out the rest of the reading.
“I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.” To put a quote this deep so early in Economy really surprised me but i guess that’s just Thoreau writing style. This really hit me hard cause of how true I feel it is. I was born very fortunate compared to the rest of the world but for example my dad wasn’t. He grew up for the from age 11 with a single mother. He turned out as my biggest inspiration but seeing him today you would not remotely expect how tragic his background is. A better example would be my moms dad who died because he was an addicted so addiction has run in my family and is something i have to carry with me. I’m probably reading to much into this quote given Thoreau is talking about land and tools but this is what i took away from the reading.
The other part of the reading I really appreciated was when Thoreau said “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats”. I think Thoreau is sort of related this back to the other quote saying a lot of people are forced to do jobs they don't want to and that makes them sad and depressed. When i grow up do whatever i do for a living i want to be happy to wake up every day for work, and have it not be.