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could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.?(62) While in the woods at Walden Pond, Thoreau truly did lead a monastic lifestyle. He had a life of order. He got up in the morning and went swimming, he hoed beans in the afternoon, and he enjoyed the pond at night. He had freedom from society. Living in the woods, he escaped the hassles of a society taught to fill the shoes of capitalism. Also, he enjoyed a very simple lifestyle. Living side-by-side with nature, he lived life down to its bare necessities, answering only to himself. All these things gave him a new outlook on life, a new sense of direction, and a new set of values – it?s almost as if he was a monk.