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The Conformist the Individual and Henry David Thoreau In Walden written by Henry David Thoreau Thoreau describes how he lives his life simply and believes that this is the key to living life to the fullest However I found while reading the passage that his outlook on living out ones life seemed to me to have both its high points as well as its low points At first I thought that Thoreau was trying to conform people to his way of life However the more I read the more I began to understand the point that Thoreau was trying to get across He wasnt trying to make people be like him he was merely giving his own life as an example of how not to live in such a rush to be like others and try to do more than is necessary to enjoy oneself He preached not of conformity but of individuality and believed living simply and worrying only of pleasing oneself was the key to living life to the absolute fullest The debate that this arises here is what is to be considered doing more than necessary to be happy There are a few aspects that Thoreau deals with in Walden that I found to be important in the discussion of living ones life These main points are work study and individual views In Thoreaus discussion of work he points out that he tried jobs such as teaching as well as trading However these jobs were not pleasing to him because he was doing them simply as a livelihood and not for enjoyment of the work he was doing He goes on to say that he feels that he only needs to do as much work as he has to to get by about six weeks in one year according to him824 I look at this attitude about work as just being lazy Of course I also strive to have
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