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Henry David Thoreau was one of the most brilliant writers of his time.He was also one of the most important Transcendentalist writers.This paper is going to discuss Thoureau's philosophy of simplicity and why it is not cut out for use in today's society.
Thoreau lived on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts alone for two years.This is when he wrote his famous book Walden.Throughout this period in his life, Thoreau learned to respect nature and enjoy and relish in the simplicity of his life.He learned to appreciate and to see the beauty that exists within nature.Thoreau writes constantly throughout Walden, that society is too business oriented.He also states that noone takes the time to sit back and relax.Thoreau thinks that we should focus more on thinking rather than business.Thoreau writes, "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 (Thoreau 1046)."Thoreau lived off the land at Walden Pond, and when he needed money he performed odd jobs and manual labor.His idea for the revolution of society was "simplify, simplify, simplify".He wanted to simplify life in general.
This idea to simplify life was and is still a great idea.But we cannot afford to simplify life in our fast paced society today.We are constantly forging ahead in all aspects of our society.We are so used to our society being complex that simplicity will not work for us anymore.Peter Huber of Forbes magazine wrote, " You won't catch the young pining for yesterdays simpler gadgets.They'd have to ask us how to make them work (Huber)."This just means that we are so used to complex things, that simple things confuse us.
Simplicity has a place and time in our society today.Even though our society and daily lives are busy and stressed


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