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Unformatted text preview: domesticated woods, and his purpose in living with nature was to learn what it had to teach him whether it was the history of the land or his own function as a human. Thoreau wanted to learn what it means to live a full, yet simple life. In order to live this kind of life, he advocated simplicity, solitude, and self-reliance. Exploration has certainly evolved throughout time. Cortez conquered the Aztecs, John Smith settled the New World, Daniel Boon moved westward, Bartram scientifically detailed plants and animals, and suddenly there is a new type of exploration: exploration of the self. Many of Thoreau’s contemporaries also participated in metaphysical exploration, but Thoreau’s O’Connor 2 views on self-discovery are very unique. Thoreau explored his inner being by looking outward to nature, as seen in his book Walden . Just as exploration has progressed in the past, it can be expected that it will continue to change in the future....
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