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A book for a thinker / a romantic,
This review is from: Walden: Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library) (Paperback)
I read this book when I was 16. I found myself fascinated with Thoreau's simplistic living, and overall, his philosophical awareness. He was sure of his purpose in life and meant to live by the expectations only he held dear. I believe he wanted us, the readers, to realize that a man with so much potential and ability doesn't always have the desire to use it. Life is too short to waste on anything less than what makes us pleased with ourselves. We all know deep down what's right from wrong, how we really feel towards life and everyone who lives in it. A good life is the ability to live with total assurance that what we do is worth our struggle maintaining it.
It changed the way I think, whether it be his intention to do so or not. It was the reminder for me that I am human, and in no way insignificant.