The very simplicity and nakedness of man's life in the primitive ages 
imply this advantage, at least, that they left him still but a sojourner 
in nature. When he was refreshed with food and sleep, he contemplated 
his journey again. He dwelt, as it were, in a tent in this world, and 
was either threading the valleys, or crossing the plains, or climbing 
the mountain-tops. But lo! men have become the tools of their tools. The 
man who independently plucked the fruits when he was hungry is become a 
farmer; and he who stood under a tree for shelter, a housekeeper. We now 
no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and 
forgotten heaven. We have adopted Christianity merely as an improved 
method of agriculture. We have built for this world a family mansion, 
and for the next a family tomb. 
 (Thoreau, Walden)

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