Walden Economy Summary

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In the chapter of Walden, “Economy”, Thoreau states the four essential necessities for survival: food, fuel, shelter, and clothes. He believes the possessions other than four essential necessities can impact our spiritual level negatively. Thoreau first reasons that clothes are necessity for one’s self, but the fashion industry had made the clothes into luxurious materials. He states, “Our outside and often thin and fanciful clothes are our epidermis, or false skin, which partakes not of our life, and may be stripped off here and there without fatal injury.” Thoreau describes how people judge others based on what kind of clothes they wear, but the truth is it does not matter. Clothes are not a part of our life, but a necessity to shelter ourselves. …show more content…

He argues that colleges which many called as modern improvement is not so positive at all. While children learn at school, the families might be suffering from running into debt for college fees. Thoreau states “Our Interventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things.” (41) Many student, for example, strike to go to the best colleges for better education, but Thoreau believes that this system is wrong. The purpose of going to colleges is to gain knowledge; and no matter what kind of colleges we go to, we need to comprehend the materials that are given to us and use them to improve ourselves. He argues that many children are merely studying life, not living life at all. Thoreau’s argument of how a “pretty toy” may distract us from “serious things” relates to modern society. For example, there are many varieties of phones and I believe phones are necessities for communication to interact with people around the world. However, many people are spending too much money on the phones based on design and brand. Every year the new design comes out, and many people use their money which they saved to get a new design of that phone even though there is nothing wrong with phone with the old design. With that money they saved, they could spend that money on something that could be useful to

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