"Seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden silver fetters."
In the first two chapters of Walden, it has been made clear to me that Thoreau has a sophisticated way of writing about the simplest things. This quotes epitomizes Thoreau's style of writing. It is what makes his dialect so intriguing to read. In a complex, non-simplistic way, Thoreau is stating how money cannot buy happiness, and how the happiest life of all is a simple one. He is directly stating his thoughts in scrutinizing detail. He was not afraid to say what he believed, which is something that I admire. Thoreau's point is one that resonates with me. There are some things that I have gotten, whether big or small, that after purchasing, I lost interest in very quickly. This gives me anger and guilt sometimes, because it makes me feel wasteful.
It amazes me that even though almost 200 years ago, thoreau's discoveries about nature and civilization are still valid today.