The Treasure of Simple Life Conveyed to Others
The Life of Henry David Thoreau Helped the Lives of Others
"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude; poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
- Henry David Thoreau
In times of simplicity, we tend to enjoy our heartfelt moments the most. In Walden, Thoreau not only did himself a favor by living a simple life, but also did us a favor by encouraging us to live like he does. Thoreau not only encouraged us to live the way he did, but also lead by example. It is much easier to buy into what he is saying when he is actually living out his principles going through with it than if he was just saying to live that way. The way Thoreau conveyed his thoughts convinced me that if I lived life in a simple fashion, I would enjoy what life has to offer more. Henry David Thoreau touched on many topics that went far beyond sitting in the woods and twiddling his thumbs. He conveyed to us his life in the first hand perspective by reflecting upon the likes of where he lived and why, and why a simplistic lifestyle could make his life more optimistic.
The real attractions of the Hollowell farm, to me, were: it's complete retirement, being, about two miles from the village, half a mile from the nearest neighbor, and separated from the highway by abroad field; its bounding on the river, which the owner said protected it by its fogs from frosts in the spring, though that was nothing tome; the gray color and ruinous state of the house and barn, and the dilapidated fences, which put such an interval between me and the last occupant; the hollow and lichen-covered apple trees, gnawed by rabbits, showing what kind of neighbors I should have; but above all, the recollection I had of it from my earliest voyages up the river, when the house was concealed behind a dense grove of red maples, through which I heard the house-dog bark. (Walden, Where I Lived and What I Lived for)
Thoreau loved a house like this. “The real attractions of the Hollowell farm, to me, were: it's complete retirement." It was intriguing to him because of its complete isolation of the outside world. "Thoreau loved the nature around him. Whether it was the frogs protecting the river about his home, or the serene apple lichen trees setting the backdrop of his newfound fantasyland. Thoreau knew that his home had to have these assets. If his home was not complemented by the beauty of nature, it was not a true home. Because of his wisdom, his home was as desired. His actual abode was small and merely a protection against inclement weather. But it was not about that, it was about being able to experience the life around him, think about the life around him, and write about the life around him. With the likes of a river in close proximity to where he lived, and birds chirping around his home, he set up a life for himself that allowed him to fully grasp the concept of life to the best of his ability. If we live life in deep thought, we become better people.
Henry David Thoreau is independent, and because so is given ultimate freedom when in deep thought. In Walden, Thoreau reflects upon what he feels is right, and it is always a profound statement. Whether it is ranting about the fallacy of philanthropy, or beautifully conveying the power of the isolation of nature, Thoreau always takes pride in his words and literature. Thinking and speaking on his own gives him this confidence and allows him to speak profoundly. Through the various paragraphs in Walden, Thoreau writes with a savvy that is unique to other writers and molds his thoughts in to beautifully conformed sentences. Because of his independence and thought process on his own, he is able to formulate a writing style that hypnotizes the reader in to buying in to his way of life.
Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind. If you give money, spend yourself with it, and do not merely abandon it to them. We make curious mistakes sometimes. Often the poor man is not so cold and hungry as he is dirty and ragged and gross. It is partly his taste, and not merely his misfortune. (Walden, The Fallacy of Philanthropy)
Thoreau begins his masterful composition by taking a stand on a topic that is completely against the grain. When we think of philanthropy, almost the entirety of the world's sane population would correlate that with just giving. Thoreau, however, states that philanthropy is not about what a poor man wants, but in fact what he needs. It also states that "Often the poor man is not so cold and hungry as he is dirty and ragged and gross. It is partly his taste, and not merely his misfortune.” The idea that a man may be given unnecessary friendly philanthropical notions because of his appearance is a thought that Thoreau and Thoreau only would think of. His independence gave him the freedom and the mental flexibility to compose thoughts as profound as this. Thoreau is an independent thinker, and because of this his best ideas are generated and expressed successfully.
If we are knowledgable and passionate about the life we are living, our lives will be joyous and successful. In Walden, Thoreau buys in to his lifestyle, and in doing soaks himself into the wisdom of a full duration on earth. Having confidence in how he is living and what he is saying allows him to convey his thoughts in a more persuasive and deliberate way. Henry David Thoreau always has strong feelings about various parts of lifestyle. When it comes to not living frivolous lives, but instead living our lives deliberately, Thoreau is passionate enough to go on and on for lines without even needing to end his sentence. Living in his humble abode under the serene canopy of nature, he formulates thoughts that are not only brilliant, but that he is completely invested in, and that he conveys with full integrity.
When I consider my neighbors, the farmers of Concord, who are at least as well off as the other classes, I find that for the most part they have been toiling twenty, thirty, or forty years, that they may become the real owners of their farms, which commonly they have inherited with encumbrances, or else bought with hired money—and we may regard one third of that toil as the cost of their houses—but commonly they have not paid for them yet. (Walden, Shelter)
When people think of owning lots of land, they think of happiness, success, and wealth. Thoreau, however, expresses that we do not need an abundance of land to enjoy our lives. He says that caring for that much land and living life with that much labor does not make you the owner of the house, but in fact "commonly they have not paid for them yet.” This thought can relate to any person in the world. If we are living our lives in stress of maintenance, then we are not actually enjoying the fruits of our time on earth. We should prefer enjoying more with less than enjoying less with more. His passion while writing this not only conveyed his thoughts in a considerable way, but in fact painted his morals in such a canvas that we have no choice but to fully believe him. Henry David Thoreau's life was simple and independent; he not only lived out his principles and morals of life, but also conveyed them with powerful passion.
Have you lived life in such a way that it can affect others?