I liked when Thoreau says on page 85, “The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.” He is saying that most people get into a routine of doing the same, probably boring, tasks everyday. People complain about their jobs, or about not being able to find a job, or about their families, or about anything really. There are few people in this world who make the most out of what they have and live life to the fullest. One is not “awake” until he does something that changes the world and makes it better. I think that Thoreau is trying to encourage people to try living a different, more exciting and fulfilling lifestyle. When Thoreau wrote this essay, everything was different that it is today. People had the time and ability to do something with their lives, because life was much simpler. Today, people have the resources to do amazing things, but not necessarily the time because they have responsibilities. Many people have families to take care of and jobs to go to many hours of the day, and lose sense of what all of their options are.