In “Where I lived and What I lived for”, Henry David Thoreau talks about his views on humanity and the importance of living a modest life. Thoreau in his writing, goes in depth about the way we been living in this world, saying “why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?” hinting at the fact that we today are so busy with our day-to-day task in life, that we don’t live life to its fullest. That he believes that living a simpler life, where one can appreciate the everyday life that they are content is better than being a machine carrying out tasks for artificial possessions to where we lose the ability to see the gorgeous things in life.
So, wanting to live a fuller life, he decided to retreat into nature away from the daily task in life: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…discover that I had not live”. After retreating away from the demanding life, he advises the idea of how significant life is but how easily it can be dominated by materialistic possession, societal norms, or the want of social acceptance. That we are so caught up in superficial things, commodities what won’t lead to happiness, but rather more problems. That we should be open to discard possessions that we really don’t need and become more conscious with the element that our life is bursting with beauty and knowledge, that we need to start appreciating the petite things in life.