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I've always thought of Thoreau as a peace loving writer. His poems, psalms and writings are of a naturalists perspective. Loved to take walks in the forest, think, and be merry. Thoreau surprised me on this essay. He clearly showed the disdain the rest of us do at times as we live in the context of humanity. It's no wonder Thoreau was a bit of a loner, self-described in fact. He speaks of his time serving a very short sentence in the local jailhouse. He speaks out against taxation, slavery and other human conditions that still exist today. He's angry at authority and the sheep humanity is to authority. Thoreau didn't hate people, understood that he needed them to maintain the current standard of living he had. In this essay he describes feelings many of us probably have had or have now regarding society in general and societal ills caused by urbanization. Either way, great essay, short read.