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  • Simple Living Religion

    Simple living has long been linked to spirituality, and likewise many expressions of spirituality also have been historically linked to simplicity. Jesus embodied a life of compassionate simplicity. The Bible speaks about the need to find a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of life: “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Eastern spiritual traditions also encourage a life of material moderation and spiritual abundance. Chapter 33 of the Tao Te Ching says, “To know contentment is wealth.” The Buddha taught a middle way between mindless materialism on one hand and needless poverty on the other. And the same is true about other traditions throughout history…

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  • Thoreau And Human Nature

    Can we really learn about human nature by removing ourselves from the company of other humans? Thoreau, for one, wanted to answer this same exact question, and he conducted an experiment purely based on his own experience alongside Mother Nature for two years and two months at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. Through his experiment, Thoreau endeavored to escape the distractions and emotional clutters of society in order to get in touch with his inner self in and to find out what living…

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  • The Role Of Technology In Henry David Thoreau's Walden

    off into the woods to live alone for the purpose of finding himself. He was very concerned about growing old without experiencing everything he could. Thoreau famously puts “I went to the woods because I 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” (271). He found himself displeased with the way he was living and wanted a change in scenery. His definition of…

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  • Analysis Of Where I Lived And What I Lived For By Henry David Thoreau

    He states “I went to the woods because I wished to lived 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” (Thoreau 1101). Thoreau discusses many ideas, all circling one theme, simplified living. His practice of simplicity may be too extreme for most to adhere to, however it is a valuable guideline. Thoreau’s promotion of living a simple life in “Where I Lived and What I Lived…

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  • Comparing Thoreau And Vegetarianism

    I want to present two people, Henry David Thoreau and a vegan. Thoreau was an American Romantic who decided to go to the woods to live off the land, so he spent a year at Walden Pond hoeing beans and watching the water to show that anyone can sustain themselves on a small budget and nature while a vegan abstains from consuming any animal products. What do they have in common? Stereotypically, vegans are outspoken and obnoxious, and for some, Thoreau is annoying and irrelevant. Yet they share a…

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  • The True Meaning Of Life In Walden, By Henry David Thoreau

    Living Does anybody know what the true meaning of life in this world or what it takes to be stress free or even to be successful in life? Well a person may ask his or herself these questions because he or she is trying to find the real reason to continue to live in this opinionated world or what is his or her true destiny is in life. In the story, “Walden”, by Henry David Thoreau wrote about the events and thoughts that came to his mind while he was living at Walden Pond. In 1854, Thoreau lived…

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  • The Death Of Ivan Ilyich Summary

    Leo Tolstoy pulls no punches when the story of The Death of Ivan Ilyich begins. The revelation that Ivan Ilyich has died was met with dismay and shock for all of the wrong reasons. Colleagues and “friends” became concerned for his death not because of the loss of his life, but for the inconveniences and changes it would cause for them. The lack of sincerity surrounding Ivan became very clear in the opening scenes of the story, and we quickly start to realize that Ivan lived a “false” life.…

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  • Wang Lung

    In early 20th century China, a soft wind glides the petals of a lotus tree across the spring sky. In the town, scents of fresh fruits and steaming rice from the markets flood the air. The pitches of venders and cries of beggars resonate throughout the street. Water sloshes and plunges to the cool ground from water carriers stumbling in and out of the town’s gates. Outside of the village walls, is a simple house made of earth. Here Wang Lung sits in the cold iron cauldron for a bath. In contrast…

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  • What Is Thoreau's Journey At Walden When I Went To The Woods

    Henry David Thoreau was a man of intelligence, brilliance, and success. He was a Harvard graduate and an educator. He was an activist against the Mexican war and slavery. People never really understood Thoreau. He was a man that seem to have difficulty getting along with others, yet he has “great qualities of intellect and character,” as his close friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne described. Thoreau was an adventurous man who wanted to find out what life is. He tries to figure this out by living a…

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  • Henry David Thoreau Rhetorical Analysis

    Sophisticated Words on the Simple Life: Thoreau’s Rhetoric Nature is a complicated entity whom countless poets and writers have written about. Henry David Thoreau, a highly educated author who frequently wrote about nature, wanted to understand nature and, more importantly, life better. To do so, he went to live in the woods of Walden Pond for two years, and wrote a book about his time there. The resulting work, entitled Walden, discussed Thoreau’s time in Walden. The second chapter named…

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