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What advice does Thoreau offer to his fellows about ownership of the property and those...
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Thoreau suggests that those who own land should sell it. Having the responsibility of ownership actually takes time, money and energy. Those without land/property can do pretty much as he pleases. He has a certain freedom that all men long for.
Those who live in poverty are really the richest of all. We don't need to own a farm to truly enjoy the nature around us. That much is free. Thoreau finds freedom in simplicity.
His famous quote from Walden is
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
He did not need possessions to enjoy nature and learn from it. So money and property are not necessary to sustain life.
Posted by troutmiller on March 26, 2009 at 7:55 AM (Answer #1)
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