Thoreau discusses the necessities of life being food, shelter, clothing and fuel. However, this makes me question what are the necessities for life versus the ones to be sane. Without distractions, interaction, and communication we as humans remain pretty limited. We require nurturing and exchange, however much of this exchange occurs in or around these primitive necessities such as
growing/getting, cooking, and eating food
building, dwelling and maintaining ones home or shelter
buying and creating clothing
forming and utilizing fuel
Additionally, much of our inherent conversations are about these needs to survive.