Clothing is affected by public opinion to the point where we spend hours at a time changing our appearance.“On the whole, I think that it cannot be maintained that dressing has in this or any country risen to the dignity of an art.” (Fitz's abbreviated Walden, page 14)
What people do not realize is that no matter what we are wearing, and how we are presenting ourself, we are all on the earth for one mission. That mission is to make the earth a better place and live our lives as fully as we possibly can. “In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” (Fitz's abbreviated Walden, page 16)
Our society as a whole has succumbed to the fact that clothes are merely a nice sight to the eye, yet we still endorse them to the point that they are a focal point in modern culture. “The childish and savage taste of men and women for new patterns keeps how many shaking and squinting through kaleidoscopes that they may discover the particular figure which this generation requires today. The manufacturers have learned that this taste is merely whimsical.”
Shelter is the basis of a mere place to sleep. If we are out in the world getting productive things done and making ourselves better, why is there a need for more than a simple, peaceful, snug abode?
Why do we spend our lives working so hard for unnecessary space? If one is working his 9-5 job to the best of his ability and not enjoying it, why is he partaking in this nonsense in the first place? “However, if one designs to construct a dwelling-house, it behooves him to exercise a little Yankee shrewdness, lest after all he find himself in a workhouse”
Living in a large house may cause nothing but distress. In fact, all we are acquiring is more space that is not a necessity and working harder to maintain it. Owning more land does not give you freedom, but in fact turns you in to a prisoner of the land. “And when the farmer has got his house, he may not be the richer but the poorer for it, and it be the house that has got him.” (Fitz's abbreviated Walden, page 21)