9th Grade Fitz English
"Most of the luxuries, and the many so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."
- Henry David Thoreau
In order to live a life free of suffering and unhappiness, one must simplify. In Walden by Henry David Thoreau, the author puts forward many powerful and provoking thoughts, challenging modern lifestyles, and claiming that simplicity is key to a well lived life. Thoreau challenges the glamorous and materialistic lifestyle that is said to cause happiness, and says that a simple lifestyle truly makes one happy. We live in a world where a larger than life and extremely complex way of life is glorified. We think as though we will be happier with a crammed schedule, huge houses, and when we're constantly on the move. We see simplistic lifestyle as miserable, tedious, and primitive. According to Thoreau, it is quite the opposite. He believes that people only need the bare essentials necessary. Any superfluidity only causes misery. Thoreau also believes that in order to observe and live a life thoroughly and completely, wealthy people mustn't hide away in their luxurious bubble of wealth and excess. They must live at an impoverished standpoint for a period of time. This allows for a greater understanding of different people and their simple lifestyles.