By Ryan Lewis
When I first heard that we would be reading Walden I was a little bit skeptical because I really didn't want to read another hard book this year. I have heared a lot about Thoreau like how he lived at walden pond in a tiny little house. He was a very interesting man because he would donate a lot of his money towards poor families. He said “Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted to charitable purposes; and some, who have large families, how many poor children I maintained.” But after reading the first chapter I realised it was somewhat interesting. I learned a lot from the first chapter and I thought it was a great way to open it up for the rest of the story. But here are the main takeaways I had in the first chapter.
The first main takeaway I had was that he was a very generous person. He would give a ton of his money away to families in need. He only keep money that he really needed like for food and water. He built a tiny house just so he could help out the families even more. Another point he made was that he didn't need things he wouldn't use everyday. He writes, “One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels.” These are two very important points because you don't see them very often in today's world. You really never see someone of low income cut most of their salary just to give it to other families in need. Many people nowadays, including me buy way to manys things. There is many things that i have bought and not even touched since then. Like how Thoreau said people have to many things, I one hundred percent agree with that statement. If we just cut out some of the toys and useless things and just gave the money away, I think that could make a huge difference on the amount of homeless people.
My second main take away from this chapter is his thought on all of the older generations that him. He said “What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.” This is very important and many people nowadays don't do learn lessons from the older generation. They have gone through so much in their life and learned so many lessons, so all you have to do is just talk to them. All of them have stories from their childhood. Learning all of these lesions is very important because then you don't have to get in trouble to learn them. I feel that learning from the elderly people in your life is very important and makes a huge difference in people's lives.
Overall, I had a great time reading the first chapter of walden. Thoreau tought me his life style of living. He seems like a very interesting man and I wonder where he got all of ideas from. Was it his grandparents, or parents or someone's else in his life? At first I didn't want to read Walden. I thought it would just be another boring book for us to read. But to my surprise I actually really liked reading the book. And I am looking forward to reading the next chapter.