When the thought of the perfect life comes to mind, almost all people think of simplicity and pure happiness. Trying to uncomplicated one’s life seems to be the hardest thing to do. Now that there is so much industrial science and new ways to everything, simple becomes something that is far away from where the present day is at. With all of today’s modern technology that is in existence and influence from the rest of the world, it is nearly impossible for the modern age to simplify their lives.
Since the contemporary society has only been taught how to survive with machines and tools, doing simple tasks now becomes hectic.
The lives of the average human are packed with unnecessary stress and pressure. This creates the opposite of simple, extreme detail. “Our life is frittered away by detail” (Walden 490). By wasting time with the internet and others opinions, the population uses up precious time. The inhabitants of the world are fortunate enough to be alive and to not live their life to the fullest is a misuse. It is hard to not be influenced by surrounding trends, but today’s civilization must live like they want to, and because that is what they want to do with their own life.
A simple life and a boring life are very different, but one can be confused with the other. Not only must one be motivated to live a life of pure nature for it to be simple, but they must appreciate that aspect of their life as well. “That man who does not believe that each day contains an earlier, more sacred, and auroral hours than he has yet profaned, has departed of life, and is pursuing a descending and darkening way”(Walden 480-490).
One cannot try and live a simple life because they think they should, or that it is what everyone thinks they should. They must understand how to live simply and truly want to live in that way. Part of being an individual is being different and wanting to do things by themselves. The environment that society lives in now, it is considerably difficult to get away from what has been taught at the beginning. Since the world does not know how to live a simple life, they can not.
Being caught up in what the world is doing, and how technology is moving so fast, no one can live a simple life. A balanced and simple life is ultimate goal in most lives, to get away from unnecessary business and complications. However, with technology controlling the lives of those who want a simple life, and society being the way it is today, in the modern day people cannot simplify their lives.