As I delve into Thoreau, I can’t help but second-guess his insistence on being alone with nature. Yes, connecting with nature allows you, as an individual, time to learn things about yourself, but we learn a lot about ourselves by interacting with people, too.
Maybe this is because I am a people-person (I prefer to be surrounded by people than to sit at home alone), or maybe it is because I realize that I would never be able to truly know myself without the interactions from others. By this social interaction, especially as children, we learn concepts like patience and what it means to be loved.
Living alone in the wilderness does not give us those necessary understandings.