"There are nowadays professors of philosophy but not philosophers. Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live."
Nowadays, many admire the past achievements of significant people, but do not try to to surpass or even match their accomplishments. Some distinctive men of the past innovated and triumphed with victories, discoveries, and knowledge. Today, too many people make no effort to push boundaries or try to make history themselves.
In this section of Walden, Thoreau expresses many feelings on people today. It seems like people feel as though those impressive achievements are of the past, and the world has been to some extent "milked dry". Little do they know, momentous events were yet to be discovered. Many folks have the same attitude today. Thoreau also touched on how he believes that life cannot be lived fully from a point of blinding wealth. The wealthy must live in a state of 'voluntary poverty' to truly experience live in all of its beauty. Most people would think that living a lavished lifestyle makes for a happier and more peaceful life, however it can be quite the opposite. Thoreau experienced total peace and happiness during his time of solitude in his humble abode on Walden pond. Not only was his time on the pond peaceful, but enlightening. He realized that there is much more to life than acquiring wealth. Life must be examined from all viewpoints. Like Thoreau said, "The seemingly wealthy are the most impoverished class of all".