“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth" - Henry David Thoreau
What we want is not always what we need. In Walden written by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreauwrote about how there are many things that we want in the world but not many that we need. Thoreau wrote "None of the Brute creations need more then food and shelter". What Thoreau is saying by this is that many people buy unnecessary things that they do not need to live an everyday life. Thoreau points out that many rich people buy these things and have no clue how to use them. This proves Thoreau's point about people and their unnecessary use of these things.
Thoreau believes that if people would live simple lives without many extra things like he did when he lived in a forest for a while he says that people would understand why these things are not necessary. He uses the example of it's different from being a philosopher than teaching philosophy.
I agree with some of Thoreau's points about needing to do before you can fully understand what you have been taught but I also disagree with that you don't need many items in your life. The average human does need these items in his or her life because it satisfies them and we need something to keep occupied with.