Thoreau on the Division of Labor

Up to what I have seen, Henry David Thoreau’s life-story book philosophies versus his real life and other small phrases in his book are a mere contradiction. The man, very subtly contradicts himself in everything he said and I think he didn’t even realize it, which ends giving some people the impression that the man was somewhat ignorant.

First, he chose to live on his own in the woods of  “Walden”, I think to supposedly prove his points against the division of labor, hard work, trade, luxuries in living, working with animals (form of capital goods), eating animals, getting married, etc., but I think he maybe just didn’t want to have a responsibility.

In the woods he built his own cabin, but how did he do it? Whose tools did he use and how did he obtain them? He did not build them on his own that is for certain, and he did not invent the seeds he planted his food with. He bought the material and obtained the seeds through the hands of others. This means that he worked, and also, let others work to obtain the products he needed, so much for not being in accord with the division of labor. He also later lived with his mother, not having to work or receiving any form of responsibility, but leaving all of the work to his mommy, what type of ideal is this? It most certainly doesn’t bring progress, but instead, it stagnates you.

This book is one that is admired and its author is well renowned, yet how can this be possible, if all the man did was contradict himself, created irrational theories, and a new title to the book I could propose is, “Be Irrational for Dummies”. He is a great philosopher of foolishness, speaking against the things he used to survive living in the woods, like the division of labor and even also spoke against abolitionism, when he is known as a radical abolitionist. He hasn’t proved anything against his rival views, just that he was one weird man. I hope his book gets better.


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