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At the suggestion of a trusted friend Ralph Waldo Emerson Thoreau decided to venture into the woods to live only off of the bare essentials needed to sustain life and in the process to discover the true meaning of life Thoreau said I did not wish to live what is not life In his quote he explains his yearn for something more than the life lived by people around him who placed emphasis on work and material goods and so began his search for the true meaning of life Through Thoreaus time spent in the woods by Walden Pond he discovered that in order for one to live a meaningful life it is necessary to learn dependence on nature and oneself discover interior solitude and spiritual enlightenment while maintaining meaningful human contact and live in a minimalist way with few possessions and toilThrough close analysis Thoreau became distraught over the fact that the population around him was so reliant on money and material things This is a reason that led up to his decision to move to the woods with only gifts and borrowed items along with a minimal amount of purchased goods Walden was starting his experiment and journey to find the meaning to life by starting off with the bare necessities and to really strip himself of his comforts in order to discover the essentials of life Thoreau also emphasizes the importance of self reliance in a material sense by having no debt as is clear when he swiftly returns borrowed tools and makes minimal purchases and by possessing few to no luxurious items He also displays his self reliance through the up keeping of his crops as he is the sole worker and also through his lack of care of making a large profit from his crops but rather having just enough to provide for himself to eat and to develop self discipline An observer could note that Thoreau was living in
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