Comparing Thoreau's Walden And The Tiny Home Movement
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Thoreau’s Walden begins by outlining his two year project at Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts. He explains that the purpose and moral of his experiment is to illustrate the benefits of a simplified lifestyle. He argues that excess possessions not only require additional labor to purchase them, but also holds people back spiritually with worry and constraint. The Principles Thoreau illustrates in Walden many years ago with regards to lifestyle are similar to principles by a movement that is being seen more and more today, The “Tiny Home Movement”. The tiny house movement is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. From college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage is a lifestyle change all about living with simplicity and decreasing…show more content… The Tiny home movement and Thoreau’s Walden follow the same principles of simplicity. In Chapter 2 of Walden, Thoreau urges others to embrace aspects of life that are either taken for granted or overlooked. He also makes the point that we should appreciate ‘simplicity’. He then follows this up by questioning the modern influences of the railroad and the post office and in so doing he reiterates his point that it is possible to live more simply. These same points Thoreau argues can be applied when comparing the two movements to show the similarities in the principles of a simple lifestyle. In chapter 2 of Walden, Thoreau tells others to embrace aspects of life that are either taken for granted or overlooked.
In Walden Thoreau talks about living in simplicity. In chapter 2 however, he urges people to not take for granted certain aspects of life that are often