The chapter has many other lessons in it as well. He explains that we should not take advice from the old people, because most of them have not lived their lives well. The only advice they could tell us is not going to be valuable. He explains that thought with this quote, “I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. They have told me nothing, and probably cannot tell me anything to the purpose.” I also learned that people are living the way that people believe is the right way, and not doing what suits them.
It was really interesting how he stated that people were almost "stupid" to think that you should not be able to use the "I" voice. He said, “In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking,” which shows his belief in why we should use the "I" voice. I learned so much from this small part of the book, and that is why so far, I believe Thoreau is one of the wisest writers. I am excited to keep reading and learning about Thoreau.