Henry David Thoreau
Things have changed since Thoreau's time. Today most people lead noisy, busy lives of desperation. But Thoreau is right when he points out that people lead lives of desperation.
But there is a way out of the desperation.
The mass of humanity is currently rapt up in a "Me" Consciousness which limits our focus, our understanding, and ultimately our consciousness. Instead, by expanding our awareness into a "We" consciousness, people can move beyond the desperation and into a higher consciousness.
A person that actually thinks about others is doing himself and the world a world of good.
So we can choose to live in the desperation, worrying about our own lives, or we can move to a mind expanding Love that cares for all of life.
It is our choice and no one can force someone to change their focus and thus their consciousness. But know this, we live life in a web of relationships and our choices are not only important for ourselves but for the rest of that web. Also know that our choices have a direct effect on our emotions and feelings. We can choose to stay stuck in the rut of living life selfishly, Me consciousness, or we can move beyond into We consciousness and into a better life and a better world.