The one main lesson I learned from education was that people should learn the necessities they need for life and not just read. Thoreau says, “The consequence is, that while he is reading Adam Smith, Ricardo, and Say, he runs his father in debt irretrievably.” He means that reading these does no good for you, and spending your money on this education is not worth it. I agree with Thoreau from this aspect, because I do not see the value in reading literature from ancient days unless there is a meaning to it. He also backs this up by saying, “To my astonishment I was informed on leaving college that I had studied navigation!—why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor I should have known more about it.” Thoreau admits to learning more about navigation from trying to do this in his life, rather than being "taught" navigation.
Thoreau also said, “How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?” This quote fascinated me the most from reading this chapter. What Thoreau is saying is that you will learn the most from experience and not from talking about it. I realized that this is true and should be valued more often. The only real way to strengthen some one is to keep on practicing. For example, the military does not only learn in classes, the men practice on fields, and do drills to feel comfortable with what they will face in real time. Clearly it is important to learn from experience. In addition to learning with experience you need to take your time, and not race through it. Thoreau says, “After all, the man whose horse trots a mile in a minute does not carry the most important messages.” The lesson I learned from this was to receive all the value of something, you can not speed through it, you need to take time. I feel like this has applied to reading Walden. We are not only reading the book, but we are writing about it, annotating it, and explaining it. This has helped me learn so much more about the book and made me enjoy it more.
I really enjoyed reading the parts of Economy that we have. I feel like I have grown as a person, and have learn many more valuable lessons. I really hope to read the rest of the book, and learn the wise words of Henry David Thoreau.