With these words Henry David Thoreau declared the purpose of his Walden experiment, the two years he spent in the Concord woods testing his belief in the ability of man to transcend his senses and attain a higher understanding of life.
"Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them." -Ann Woodlief
“But I would not stand between any man and his genius; and to him who does this work, which I decline, with his whole heart and soul and life.”
Later on in the chapter, Thoreau begins to talk about the poor, and how they have become impoverished. He says that for the most part, those who become poor succumb to being poor because it is their 'taste.' “Often the poor man is not so cold and hungry as he is dirty and ragged and gross. It is partly his taste, and not merely his misfortune.” I disagree with this statement. I believe that Thoreau has misconceived the notion of being poor, which I believe is not having a sufficient enough amount of money to meet their one's. Yes, some people choose to be ragged and dirty because they enjoy it, but nobody chooses to struggle with putting food on their plates. The world wouldn't have hunger problems if one could choose whether or not they wanted to be hungry.
Overall, I have deeply enjoyed reading Economy, and I look forward to delving into other chapters of Walden.