Clothing In Henry David Thoreau's 'Transcendentalism'

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The transcendentalist idea that truth comes from studying nature, along with the belief that clothing is one of the four basic necessities are depicted in this passage. Thoreau believed that no truth came from the clothes a person wore, and that people should spend less money on clothing and material items. Therefore, they will not have to work as much to make money for expensive products, and they can have leisure time to study nature. For that reason, Thoreau will not think any less of a man with patches on his clothes because this means he is not materialistic, and does not care about having new clothes. Clothing is a large part of civilization, therefore, the less you care about clothing, the more you distance yourself from society, and
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