Why are we learning this, Transcendentalism, what is the point of it. But since we learned about transcendentalism and Thoreau and Emerson’s thoughts on it and read things on it too. There are some connections that I made between Thoreau and Emerson. Both of these men had worked to explain the thoughts, ideas and ways of transcendentalism. Now by working to explain it they both had also looked to be able to spread and show the word of transcendentalism and its ideas and ways. Another thing is that one of them had actually lived it while the other one just talked about it without actually living it. Then there is the beginning and the end of the from the excerpt. The main point in this was showing how he started out as not the best person that he could be, but by the end he saw that he could be a better person by living with nature and finding a way to see how man is good. While looking at Thoreau’s reason for going out into the woods and leaving society behind, it really wasn’t for the betterment of himself. It was all about getting out of paying taxes and a little bit about the actual lifestyle of a transcendentalist which is the one benefits for him while doing that. As for me it could be refreshing and could also help clear your mind. As for what I would miss, I would miss people and interaction. With all of that being said yes, I could go out and live in the woods. When thinking about what the modern reader and what they can or should take out of the reading about transcendentalism. There is a few things that can be taken away. One of them is that conflict in people is still a thing because it happens most times when people have to make a choice about something or anything really. With that said most times people don’t know what the effect of their choice is going to be until after they have made them, but usually people can make good choices and it shows. That also leads to how long it takes for people to be able to make these choices well on their own, for some it doesn’t take long but for others it can take some time. Another thing that can be taken away from this is, not to judge someone without knowing them because like they say in transcendentalism, man is good.