Shinn Chen

3/23/04 English 11 HPeriod 1Walden Chapter 4In this selection for Walden, Henry David Thoreau describes thesilence and calmness of his isolated life at Walden Pond.

He would oftenspend whole days simply sitting still and taking in the sights and soundsof nature and her beauty. “He had the advantage over those who wereobliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theater, thathis life itself was become his amusement and never ceased to be novel”(90). In his isolation, Thoreau never became bored because he could alwaysenjoy his surroundings and find pleasure from his isolated life.

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The onlything that connected Thoreau with civilization was a train track that ran”100 rods” south of his house. The sounds of this train track would oftenstartle Thoreau from his serene and immersed meditation.I admire Thoreau for being able to simply sit there for so long andtake in the beauty of nature. In modern times, that kind of behavior isoften seen as idleness and laziness. I personally would probably not beable to idly watch time pass, because I would feel obligated to dosomething productive and not loiter while my life passes by me.

But I alsobelieve that being able to simply relax, and let the winds blow away yourworries, is one of the most important skills in life. This ability toforget your worries and become disconnected from your life for a momentcertainly helps you clear your mind and make better choices.