How Not to Be Rich
Is money really important? In the book Walden, by David Henry Thoreau, the question was not answered, but I was still shocked by what he said. Thoreau answered a better answer, a more “important” question- the importance of clothes and shelter.
Firstly, he explore the topics of clothing. Thoreau thought that although clothes are signs of civilization, old ones will do as well as new ones.
“A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do…Old shoes will serve a hero longer than they have served his valet—if a hero ever has a valet—bare feet are older than shoes, and he can make them do…But if my jacket and trousers, my hat and shoes, are fit to worship God in, they will do; will they not?”
Some may deem this quote unnecessary, for it adds a total of 82 words to my essay. I think that, however, this quote perfectly expresses the meaning of pretty much the entire chapter, because it anyone ever used Fitz’s writing template, they would know that the broad theme and narrow theme can always be found in the beginning of the essay. I totally agree with Thoreau’s opinion, because there are so many people nowadays concerned about what they are wearing. There are also hundreds of people who spend thousands of dollars to buy nice clothes to show of their prestige status, there are people even took it as far showing them off on youtube. What is the point of having and showing off a collection of good clothes, they all work as well as average ones.
The second part described the importance of one of the necessities of life, shelter. Although housing can be described as necessary, Thoreau made really and granted me the ability to judge whether something is important. “I have seen Penobscot Indians, in this town, living in tents of thin cotton cloth, while the snow was nearly a foot deep around them, and I thought that they would be glad to have it deeper to keep out the wind…”. People again might doubt this quote for it consist of 42 words; however, these doubting Thomas should be reminded that this quote is half as long as the other one. As the quote explained, some people can live in a tent and still be satisfied, and some can have the biggest house in the country and still want more. There is simply no point of buying a big house if a small one can achieve the same goal. Sure, there might not be the golf course and the tennis court, but those are not necessary for a man to survive.
The reading was fairly challenging but I think it was a lot more understandable than the last one. I felt like I could really relate to this, because there are so many people nowadays just showing off their wealth. They should stick with what they have and always stay humble.