My Second Immpression of Walden
Consider first how slight a shelter is absolutely necessary.
-Henry David Thoreau
“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” This quote from Henry David Thoreau in the chapter “Economy” in the book Walden, perfectly describes an important facet of life many do not discuss. Thoreau understands worldly objects are not of major importance, and other things like literature and worldly altruism are of greater magnitude and need in society. Thoreau argues these worldly objects that are not necesities negativity affect mankind because it unlocks some of the ugliest parts of men — jealousy and greed. If everyone is focused on other’s possessions, people will always try to one up each other. Thoreau knew this would result in a never ending cycle of greed, which is detrimental to society. Additionally, it prevents people from focusing on the most important aspects of life. Because of this, Thoreau lived a very simple life. As one of the most influential writers in history, Thoreau knew the ways of the world. If everyone lived a life more like Thoreau - a life more focused on necessities - it would be beneficial for everyone.