Thoreau wrote that he went to live in the woods in order to fully understand life and live freely from social constraints. My thesis is that today's society must stop its current pattern of industrialization and maintain some standards of population control before all our resources are consumed. This is vital to human survival, as nature lays the foundations for society by providing the resources needed to cure diseases, build cities, and support human life. Throughout the essay it will be illustrated how today's current society is reaching a point of no return and we need to put a stop to these trends of overconsumption before it's too late.
Firstly Thoreau explains his motivation for going into the woods; he wanted to get away from society and truly be free. This is important because in the present individuals are too concerned with meeting ends meet that they forget to enjoy the simpler things in life. Thoreau details his experience; "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.".
Moreover as Thoreau mentions facts of life, there is one we cannot overlook. A crucial fact of life is our inability to secure food for the current population that we have been sustaining and continue to contribute towards. This needs to stop urgently before it truly becomes a bigger problem and cannot be overturned or stabilized. Children should be a luxury and not be used as tools in a game of who can have more.