In “Where I lived and What I lived for”
In “Where I lived and What I lived for”, Henry David Thoreau talks about his thoughts on society and the importance of living a simple life. Thoreau in his writing, goes in depth about the way we been living in this world, saying “why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?” implying the fact that we are so busy with our daily task in life, that we don’t live life to its fullest. That Thoreau believes that living a simpler life, where one can enjoy everyday life that they are content rather than being a machine completing tasks, where we lose the ability to see the beautiful things in life. So wanting to will he a fuller life, he decided to retreat into nature away from the daily task in life: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…discover that I had not live”. After retreating away from our busy life, he suggests the idea of how important life is but how easily it can be overshadowed by materialistic possession, societal norms, or the want of social acceptance. That we are so caught up in superficial things, thing what won’t lead to happiness, but rather more issues. That only cure is to live simply and with a purpose. To reject things that we really don’t need and see the true significance of life, by going into nature, a place without any superficial things. That our life is filled with beauty and wisdom, that we need to start enjoying the little things in life, instead of being surrounded by materialism, so that we can say we did something in life.