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Philosophy of Life In On Economy Henry David Thoreau is a naturalist one who is able to be one with nature Thoreau is very descriptive in what he does He describes every detail as he is building as he rests and as he goes on in life It is almost as if this story is strictly a descriptive essay Thoreau goes into great detail trying to describe everything he does Through him being so specific and descriptive you get a better look at his values and morals Through the On Economy you can tell the Thoreau compares mens actions to things of nature to show his values Also he talks about building from the cornice down to the foundation and not the foundation up Finally I saw a striped snake run into the water and he lay on the bottom apparently without inconvenience as long as I stayed there or more than a quarter of an hour perhaps because he had not yet fairly come out of the torpid statePage 228 paragraph 1 Here Thoreau is describing a snake but is relating it to men He believes that like the snake people in the world today could live a more slow paced life People need to enjoy life and stop and take a look around them They need to appreciate life and have certain understanding for it Like Thoreau stated I made no haste in my work but rather made the most of itPage 229 paragraph 3 While working in the forest he took his time and enjoyed doing things slowly He wanted to make sure that he got what he needed out of everything Thoreau talks about life and how things happen without you really having that much control over it When he talks about man and the style of architecture he is saying that ultimately we have no say so in how things are going to end up and how things
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