Thoreau on Living a Whole Human Life Introduction In the last chapter of Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes: â€œWhat youthful philosophers and experimentalists we are! There is not one of my readers who has yet lived a whole human life . . . We know not where we areâ€ (Thoreau 322). This statement reflects Thoreauâ€™s awareness of the superficial nature of modern society and his belief that living a meaningful life requires focusing on what is really important, rejecting materialism, and developing a much deeper appreciation for nature and the spiritual aspects of life. Living a Whole Life Thoreau believed that living a whole life entails leaving behind the trappings of modern society and returning to nature. During his years at Walden...The end:
.....eaders had yet lived a whole human life demonstrates his understanding of the superficial nature of modern society and culture and his belief that living a meaningful life requires recognizing what is really important, turning away from materialism, and cultivating a much deeper appreciation for the natural world and the spiritual aspects of life. Bibliography Thoreau, Henry David. Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. _ _ _. â€œSpiritual Laws.â€ In Essays: First Series. Emerson Central. Online. Available: http://emersoncentral.com/spirituallaws.htm. 8 October 2010. Toews, Rockford E. â€œOne Less Accountant.â€ Thoreau Eserver. Online. Available: http:// thoreau.eserver.org/oneless.html. 8 October 2010.