"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
- Henry David Thoreau
We don't need comfort to live, we only need the bare necessities. In Walden, Thoreau described how the poor would rather stay poor than live with the bare necessities. People want to live comfortably, but they don't need to. Many people think that sleeping in a heated house is needed. Thoreau lived in a small unheated cabin in the woods. He proved that you can survive without living comfortably. Thoreau walked up to a homeless person on the street after hours in concord and asked him if he would like to come live with him in a small wooden shack in the forest. The man thanked no and would rather sit poor in the streets than live alone in a shack. When I visited walden pond I noticed how quiet it was. Thoreau was able to live there all by himself, with no one around for a mile. Thoreau was able to survive with no help from anyone else. The cold pond was his only neighbor. Living by yourself with no help is what Thoreau did. He did not need anyone except himself to get the jobs done.
“None of the brute creation requires more than Food and Shelter.” [Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “Fitz's Abreviated Walden 1-4.”]
Thoreau proved that you can survive by yourself with only the bare necessities. Anyone who complains about being poor and not having enough money to live on their own are liars. Thoreau proved that you can live with out need of anything more than yourself and hard work.