I’m not gonna lie, the “Walden” excerpt was absolutely ridiculous. It bored me to death and I had to constantly reread sections because I wasn’t actually comprehending what I was actually looking at. I got through it though, and there are a lot of parallels between Emerson’s and Thoreau’s works. Both stress the importance of nature, and how surrounding yourself in it can be freeing and help you connect with God more. In the first section ,”Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Thoreau explains his reasoning for secluding himself and how material possessions were not satisfying. He says that by living in nature and simplifying life, you gain more satisfaction and enjoyment. In the conclusion, he relays the knowledge and wisdom that he gained through the experience and explains why he left. He says that he “had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.”
I think that removing myself from society to live in nature would be really liberating, freeing, and stress relieving. I don’t think it’d be that plausible for an extended period of time though, just because I know how lonely I’d get if I was isolated all by myself. I’d also miss things like Netflix, Spotify, social media, and just the internet in general. (I know I’m acting like such a Gen Z kid, but I’m just being honest and anyone who says they won’t miss the internet is 100% lying.) I spend a lot of my free time using these things so I’d have a hard time filling that gap. With the limited amount of things to do in the middle of a forest, I know I would run out of things to do and get insanely bored after a while, so it definitely would not be a long term thing if I were to try it myself.
I definitely think that Thoreau’s idea on simplifying life is applicable in a modern setting. Something else that people could take from it is the idea that we don’t need physical objects to be satisfied and fulfilled in life.
So mini life update, I made so many new friends at district chorus and I had so much fun. I also ended up getting really lucky and got put in one of the really nice suite rooms with a living room and mini kitchen. It was such a good time and I’m really sad that it’s over. I have so much work to catch up on though from missing Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and I also have two tests as soon as we get back on Monday.