Economy, the introduction to Henry David Throeaus book Walden, is filled with many worthy arguments. His arguments about clothing are, in my opinion, more true today then when he wrote it. His arguments state that we do not need all these new cloths and material goods. He takes about how people think all these new cloths and things will make them happier when in reality it’s just a waste of time and money.
In Walden he talks about his experience living with minimal belongings. He explores how people spend their whole life working towards getting a nice house and lots of fancy, expensive belongings thinking that it will make them a better person, when in reality it does not make them happy at all. He believes that people could all live without all these fancy clothes, houses, and belongings and still be happy. We, as humans lived happily without them for thousands of years so why do we need them now?
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.The childish and savage taste of men and women for new patterns keeps how many shaking and squinting through kaleidoscopes that they may discover the particular figure which this generation requires today. The manufacturers have learned that this taste is merely whimsical. Of two patterns which differ only by a few threads more or less of a particular color, the one will be sold readily, the other lie on the shelf, though it frequently happens that after the lapse of a season the latter becomes the most fashionable.”
He also explores how the trends lead to many unnecessary purchases from people thinking that that new shirt will make them a better, more popular person.
I believe that this is ever more true today then when he wrote Walden. With the creation of the internet these trends travel all across the world in minutes. And anyone can get their hands on anything online. This makes shopping so effortless, all it takes is a click to get new and trendy clothing and other material. The big fashion companies and factories that he dislikes so much are no longer based in Lowell but they are large multi continental Corporations using the cheap labor in developing countries to make clothing and materials for these overnight trends. I often see these trends in effect at this school. Fenn is full of trendy clothing that is craved by its wealthy population today but will be laughed upon tomorrow. If you look to the middle school you will see absurd amounts of overpriced, unpractical clothing. They are walking around with $300 headphones and shoes, all of which will be placed in their permanent position in the bottom of their closet in a few months. They will be replaced by newer, equally expensive versions which will also only be used for a few months.
Thoreau said he learned nothing from his elders, so it’s ironic how I'm here 300 years later, exploring the truth from him, my elder.