Is Henry David Thoreau's Symbolism In Where I Lived And What I Lived For?

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Dr. Steve Maraboli once said, "Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present... today". Dr. Maraboli’s views are similar to those of Thoreau, as he claims that leading a simplistic life will free one from the chains holding them back. In Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived for”, Thoreau believes society creates the chains holding down individuals from reaching a higher order; society creates imprisonment, grudges, and anger. Throughout his article, “Where I Lived and What I Lived for”, Thoreau discusses the ways society holds back individuals, by explaining his dislike for the modern …show more content…
Thoreau’s beliefs are well founded. Living deliberately will lead to greater joy and better communication, and in turn better relationships. However, modern influence has made it increasingly harder for one to live deliberately. One example is that over time people have become more and more dependent on technology. My teens would be familiar with the cliché speech parents give, which starts with, “When I was your age we never had TV’s. When we wanted to get the news, we had to go out, buy a paper, and read the paper to get our news.” Our parents may have needed to look far for news; however one does not need to look much further than this common household cliché to see how lazy people have become over the time. During his time in seclusion, Thoreau learned to do everything for himself, from cooking to making his own clothes. Over time Thoreau and others found that doing things for themselves, helped them to reach a higher understanding of self. In his teachings the Buddha tells his disciples, “Workout your own salvation, do not depend on others.” Research shows that people who do things for themselves they often have more satisfaction in life [1]. Also in Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived for”, Thoreau discusses the issues with public post. Cell phones haven proven to have a similar affect. Today many children and adults alike are glued to their phones. Hours of staring at microscopic print not only damages the eyes, but also moves people further away than ever. In today’s society people can stand in the same room, and not say a word to one another. Moving comes with promises of emails and phone calls, which never take place. People are offered many chances and choices to keep in touch, and yet people are more distant now than ever. In conclusion, cell phones and social media is only moving people further apart. Not only that, but with only face to face

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