The beauty of Thoreau's values and principles carry a massive amount of meaning to me. The idea of not listening to what other's think of you is one that I absolutely agree with. Thoreau focuses on living not what is commonly known today as a successful life, with a job and a big house, and a nice car, but rather living a just, happy life; filled with experiences both of sorrow and elation. Thoreau is explaining a moral that is so commonly looked over, and that many people in today's modern world forget about. I hope that in the future, our society will come to realize that it is the people that you surround yourself with, the nature you surround yourself with, and the personal evaluation that you give yourself that truly measures greatness in life.
If, when you are on your death bed at old age, you can look back upon your life and honestly say that you experienced unbelievable things, surrounded yourself with the people that you love, and see the world in a completely different perspective, you have lived a successful life. Thoreau understands that in life, you need not what makes others happy, but you and only you. In life, you deserve to be selfish. You are only given so much time grazing the earth, and when that time is done, it is done. The key to living life in this manner is not being concerned about reaching accolades, not being concerned about making friends, and not making sure that people remember you.
To get a point across to people, you need to be aggressive. Thoreau does an excellent job of conveying his point with authority and with upmost passion. Getting a point across to a person should allow them to think and ponder over the topic; "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.”- (Fitz's abbreviated Walden, page 6)
When I read Thoreau, it empowers me to become a better person. Whether it is enjoying the serenity of nature, or living life the way nobody else lives it, unhindered by the influences of modern society; “When we consider what … is the chief end of man, and what are the true necessaries and means of life, it appears as if men had deliberately chosen the common mode of living because they preferred it to any other. Yet they honestly think there is no choice left. But alert and healthy natures remember that the sun rose clear." (Fitz's abbreviated Walden, page 6)