In The End, Much Of Henry David Thoreau’S Motivation For

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In the end, much of Henry David Thoreau’s motivation for coming to Walden Pond was for the betterment of the self. Indeed, this desire for personal betterment could be boiled down to what I’ve surmised to be the three things Thoreau valued more than anything else. Of course, these three values, self-discipline, self-reliance, and self-reflection are themselves a part of the man’s own view that everyone should try their hardest to live deliberately. Though his value system seems constrained and stiff, Thoreau spends almost the entirety of the book living out these values, and finding purpose and fulfillment in doing so. Before going into the three selves, it’s important to take time and think about what he meant by living deliberately. He…show more content…
He finds beauty in the lack of luxuries he has with him, and makes the claim that having too many things is directly proportional to the happiness one can achieve. Of course, he breaks this down financially as well. He includes a list of expenses he went through to achieve financial stability and freedom for his sabbatical in Walden Pond. Intelligently spending money, a total of under $30 dollars, Thoreau is able to construct a suitable living space and even sets himself up for a little bit of profit to adequately live off of. Part of this profit came from the farm he had just outside of his cottage. He makes it a point later in the book to talk about his bean farm, and how he gets up early every day to tend to it. He’s rewarded for his efforts with bountiful harvests. It’s so bountiful, in fact, that he’s wary of selling too much of it, lest he fall to the trap of industry and relish in the money he’s making. This bean farm serves as much of his food as well. Part of Thoreau’s view on simple eating also looks at the eating of meat. Trying to shy away from indulgence, he tries his best to limit what he eats solely to what he can find out in nature. Despite finding that he’s a decent fisherman, he slowly begins to shy away from that as well. Advocating that he can do without the American staples of meat, tea, and coffee, he goes so far as to claim that spending money on these things is wasteful and
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