Thoreau's Views On Technology And A Materialistic Age

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Technology and A Materialistic Age In his accounts of his own life experiences, Thoreau tells of the way that people try and make life harder than it is by writing everything off as a necessity, when our necessities are actually not that difficult to acquire. I defend Thoreau’s view of the way that materialistic things are hindering the abilities, and expectations of people. In today’s time, technology is the biggest thing that hinders people's’ abilities or motivation to learn new skills or to be self-dependent. Thoreau was a philosopher of the 1800’s who considered the ways that people around him, as well as himself, considered necessities and hard work differently. Thoreau states in one of his books that, “It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats easier than I do…”…show more content…
The lines between every person’s wants have slowly blurred into everyone believing that the need the newest thing out. The constant release of a new cell phone, computer, or other type of technology is a blatant show of the level of materialism that is sweeping across the world today. It is shown in the way the large number of adolescents that have the latest technology because they “need” it. It is shown in the way that each time a new piece of technology is shown on a television, a newer, better version is already in the works. Our materialism keeps us from being happy with what we have and what we are given to start with. Thoreau describes this confusion of want and need, saying, “laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool’s life.” Thoreau is telling that all these things that people spend money on will eventually end up sitting on a shelf somewhere, because we will always want something new or better or nicer than what we have. Our hunger for materialistic things will never be
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