A letter to Henry David Thoreau

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Dear Mr. Thoreau

I know that you cannot read this, seeing as you passed away many years ago. However, I would hope that you could learn as much from this letter as I have learned from you. I know that in your day, life was much more difficult. None the less, one may have never seen places, especially sites miles away from their homes (except by way of train), or even know of recent world news, if life had stayed the same as it was in your lifetime.

In this, the year two-thousand two, people do not have the ability to conceive of such primitive ways of living. In order to travel we go by way of machines called cars or planes. Cars are machines with four wheels that propel whenever a pedal is pushed. Planes are vehicles that soar through the sky like the birds mentioned in your books.

These inventions may not be feasible to you, but seem extremely ordinary to the people of my day. Other extremities that your imagination may never be able to grasp, would be the concepts of indoor plumbing, the television, or even the telephone.

Indoor plumbing is actually a very simple concept. It allows the people of today to be able to bathe indoors, and it has eliminated the need of outhouses. It has done this by allowing waste to be transported by pipes into reservoirs under the earth. The television is a box located in nearly every home in the Western Hemisphere. This device displays images meant for the entertainment of the masses. Some experts believe that the television is the leading cause for inactivity in people under the age of twenty five years. Lastly, the telephone allows for two people many miles away to communicate with each other through...