Humanity And Nature In Henry David Thoreau, Walden And Modern Man

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“Henry David Thoreau devoted his energies to exploring the spiritual relationship between humanity and nature and to living by his political and social beliefs.” As said by Sam Erickson. Thoreau was a transcendentalist and is known today as one of the “Big Three” in American Literature along with Walt Whitman and Ralph Emerson. Thoreau devoted his life to explore the importance of humanity and nature. For two years Thoreau lived in a cabin he built at Walden Pond. It was here where he wrote one of his most famous works entitled, Walden. In Walden, Thoreau shares his experiences at Walden Pond. He observed nature and got a deeper respect for nature. A contemporary person 's’ view on nature would be both similar and different from Thoreau’s perspective as explained in …show more content…
Many people today have cell phones. These cell phones are a major distraction. Kallie Paulsen expounds on this topic by saying, “3.9 years of the average person 's life is spent staring at their phone screen.” This makes it hard for people to look up and actually enjoy nature. People today are also so busy that they have to rely on mechanical aids, such as coffee, to keep them awake because of lack of sleep. Karan Freud explains that, “For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep.” It is rare for an adult to get this much sleep a night because of how busy they are. Thoreau, in Walden, said that he went to the woods, “To front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach.” The average person does not have enough time to do this. Sometimes though, people get “fed up” so-to-speak with getting busy and take a couple days off to go enjoy life. These people will often times go camping and find peace. They try to get away from all the “hustle and bustle” and lay back and

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