Thoreau said, "Our lives are frittered away in details...simplify,simplify" meaning that people are concerned too much by insignificant things and not those that are truly important. He wrote, "As you simplify your life the laws of the universe will be simpler, solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
We need only look at the problems of our society today brought on by bigger and bigger government (Thoreau also said, "That government governs best that governs least.) and all its departments that interfere with such areas as home ownership, education, etc. Nowadays individuals complicate their lives to the point that they are stressed out, dissatisfied, and unhappy.
In order to simplify his life, Thoreau did go into the woods. He went because he 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.
Indeed, we would do well to follow Henry David Thoreau's advice.