Many people believe that money buys happiness. In “Necessities” Thoreau tells the reader that he feels very differently about this. He writes that all he needs is nature. This is very true, because from nature you can receive all the things truly necessary in life: food, water, and knowledge. Some people say that you need food, water, and shelter, but I beg to differ. I believe that you need to have the knowledge to build a shelter, before you can build a shelter. Having that knowledge will not only save you time, it could save you from being hurt when your shelter collapses on top of you.
In this second section of "Chapter 1: Economy,” Thoreau tells us that he believes that a man should have a simple life, with nothing but nature. He tells us that he has experienced this lifestyle and has benefitted from it mentally and physically from the amount of work required by his circumstances. He felt that possessions can weigh you down, that a simple life can be more fulfilling than a life filled with the things that money buys.
For me, I believe it would be interesting to try to survive as Thoreau did. The hardest part would seem to be to have no contact with the outside world. A human can only survive by themselves for so long. Without anyone to talk to, I would probably go insane.
I really liked this section of Walden and I hope that the next is as interesting as the last. It would be interesting to try the simple life style and follow in Thoreau’s footsteps.