Waldenâ€™s most important theme deals with the possibility of transcending oneâ€™s old life and being reborn into a spiritually elevated one. The first step to personal reform, according to Thoreau, is the act of turning inward to discover oneâ€™s potential for greatness. To live the transcendental life, one must not only read and think about life but experience it directly through a life of solitude.
After reading the online Thoreau selection, please contemplate Thoreau’s definition of solitude:
“Solitude is not loneliness or isolation, but rather self-communion and introspection, a state of mind rather than an actual physical circumstance, a mystical state.”
In your response, discuss Thoreau’s ideas on solitude and spiritual growth through communion with the natural world by addressing the following:
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