In today's world it can be a very difficult task to focus on one's self; it involves disregarding others opinions and the will to give up luxuries to find a more simple and connected life. Humans as a whole let society shape their opinions of others. These opinions constantly affect how one acts, thinks, and speaks. It is impossible to find one's true self when society is constantly forming up opinions about the correct ways to behave, because it will always be influencing one's decisions. Many authors, for example, Thoreau and the like, focus on themes such as wealth, solitude, society, and finding one's self. They stress the importance of resisting the urge to indulge in luxuries and riches because they do nothing to benefit the mind, but rather, focus on internals and things which are in our power to control. Humans are unable to single handedly control the views of society, so it is an external power which should not be paid any mind to. Furthermore, ranks of society and riches are externals because humans are born into these roles. Because humans cannot control these powers, they must not focus on them. They are external to the body. Only the internals, which man has the power to control, should be a point of focus. Once man is able to disregard other unnecessary externals, he will find happiness and peace of mind.