"Fallacy of Philanthropy" was a look into doing good for others. On the first page of the chapter, Thoreau mentions that he believes that we as a society do a lot of good deeds for others, but it doesn't really "agree with his constitution". He believes that people should work hard for themselves, which connects with the overarching theme of "money and work"; perserverence leads to success. However, Thoreau is not a cold hearted person. He does believe that struggling people should be provided with the necessary aid. “Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind.” The last part of this quote connects to a metaphor that I frequently hear. give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
This metaphor emphasizes the importance of learning by example, and that learning tasks individually is far more beneficial than depending upon another individual to implement a task. Thoreau continues to enlighten me with new ways of looking at society. Thoreau has allowed me to further expand my thinking from the facets of life I interact with, to society as a whole.