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A Comparison of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emersons BeliefsA Comparison of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emersons Beliefs concerning Simplicity the Value and Potential of Our Soul and Our ImaginationHenry David Thoreau tests Ralph Waldo Emersons ideas about nature by living at Walden Pond where he discovers that simplicity in physical aspects brings deepness to our mind our soul to its fullest potential and our imagination to be uplifted to change our lives These two men believe that nature is what forces us not to depend on others ideas but to develop our own Nature is ever changing so we must keep searching for explanations about human life They feel that nature is the key to knowing allThoreau lives at Walden Pond to find the true meaning of life He wants to experience things for himself Thoreau says I wantedto know it by experience and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion Thoreau 235 He takes Emersons advice who says Let us demand our own works and laws and worship Emerson 215 Emerson tells how modern generations live life vicariously through the stories and traditions foretold We do not experience things for ourselves We take what our ancestors and others before us have said and do not think twice about whether we should try things for ourselves Emerson decides not to conform to modern ways but to be an individualFurthermore in Nature Emerson says Standing on the bare ground - my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space - all mean egotism vanishes I become a transparent eyeball Emerson 215 Here he is saying that being in such a simple environment he is able to see things more clearly He has deeper thoughts Like Emerson Thoreau also wanted to live a simple life in order to find deeper meaning in life Thoreau says I wanted to live deep and suck out all
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