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Or how to not let yourself be manipulated by any kind of authority.An essay that states some of the basic ideas of being a human being, the way I see it It should be taught in schools.The progress from a total to a restricted monarchy, and from a restricted monarchy to democracy, is a progress toward real respect for the individual However, is democracy, as we know it, the last possible improvement of governing I wonder what he d say if he saw what we define as democracy today This is a very interesting read Though the language can seem a bit old and hard to get through and understand the message is important and rings out loud and clear Many people are content to sit around and wait for the right thing to happen but in order for the right the to happen there must be action If laws are unjust it is your duty to break those laws So many people forget the actions of the founders of the US were treasonous Sometime the only way to stand up for what is right is to work outside the law It can be hard but it is always important to fight for what you think is right. I chose Thoreau s essay Civil Disobedience as my 2018 Fourth of July read, figuring I could write something quick and easy, something about the Resistance, Generalissimo Trump, and the coming Blue Wave Yada yada yada Something inspiring and comforting.But it didn t work out that way I found Thoreau s personality prickly, many of his pronouncements naive and uncongenial I don t deny that his essay is morally challenging, and that it is also stylistically rich, filled with dozens of memorable passages You should read it again for yourself, and rediscover how fine it is But it is also thorny, and dense, and than a little absurd And yet there was something about my encounter with Thoreau that would not let me rest.That s how it is when one crosses paths with a saint St Francis of Assisi makes me feel like that too Histrionic, ostentatiously guileless, he never realized that his moral theatrics were permitted indeed, fostered by friends and family, and by the compromised social institutions he held up to criticism Still, his witness challenges us all Even his most extreme gestures like the yoke the prophet Jeremiah placed upon his own neck were part of his call, integral to his inspiration.And so it was with Thoreau At the age of 27, Thoreau committed his act of civil disobedience a refusal to pay the poll tax as a protest against the land grabbing Mexican War and the inherent evil of slavery But he only spent one night in the Concord jail less time, and in a much nicer jail, than his disciples Gandhi and MLK Jr , his tax having been paid by an anonymous donor probably his aunt That one night in jail was an epiphany for the young Henry David, for he saw the heart of his own little town differently than he had before, almost as it too were part of NatureIt was like travelling into a far country, such as I had never expected to behold, to lie there for one night It seemed to me that I never had heard the town clock strike before, nor the evening sounds of the village for we slept with the windows open, which were inside the grating It was to see my native village in the light of the Middle Ages, and our Concord was turned into a Rhine stream, and visions of knights and castles passed before me They were the voices of old burghers that I heard in the streets I was an involuntary spectator and auditor of whatever was done and said in the kitchen of the adjacent village inn a wholly new and rare experience to me It was a closer view of my native town I was fairly inside of it I never had seen its institutions before When I came out of prison for some one interfered, and paid that tax I did not perceive that great changes had taken place on the common and yet a change had to my eyes come over the scene the town, and State, and country greater than any that mere time could effect I saw yet distinctly the State in which I lived I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends that their friendship was for summer weather only that they did not greatly propose to do right they hoped, by a certain outward observance and a few prayers, and by walking in a particular straight though useless path from time to time, to save their souls. This last passage is the one that touched me close to the heart, for I am that supposed good neighbor, that summer weather friend From time to time I have walked that straight though useless path, but I am far from certain that walking that path I have managed to save my soul.Do you think a prayer to St Henry David would help I ll end with the conclusion of Thoreau s account of the morning he was released from jail, for it ends fittingly enough with a return to the realm of Nature I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker s to get a shoe which was mended When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct and in half an hour for the horse was soon tackled was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen. 55 Civil DesobedienceHenry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.Thoreau s essay Civil Disobedience or Resistance to Civil Government, published in 1849, is a call to arms similar to the stances that people like Parks and King would later take Thoreau argued that people owed it to themselves and their fellow man not to blindly follow their government if they believe their rules and laws are unjust This was partly motivated by Thoreau s dislike of slavery and the American government s support of it.Thoreau s Defense of John BrownIn John Brown, Thoreau was pleased to find an avid practitioner of civil if not outwardly violent disobedience He had been introduced to Brown through his friend, Franklin Sanborn, who was attempting to drum up support for Brown s continued antislavery campaign in Kansas.Brown was full of exciting stories of his Kansas battles He omitted any mention of his involvement in the Pottawatomie massacre Brown said that he too hated violence, but accepted it as God s will.Thoreau was impressed by Brown s determination and the strength of his convictions Thoreau would write I do not wish to kill or be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which both of these things would be unavoidable Perhaps the time had come for violent resistance.On October 19, 1859, Thoreau heard the news of John Brown s raid on Harpers Ferry While most in the North were quick to condemn Brown, Thoreau spoke in his defense On October 30, he presented his essay, A Plea for Captain John Brown, to the town of Concord.Thoreau took the high ground He did not defend Brown s actions or his character, but the principle under which he acted He called John Brown a transcendentalist above all, a man of ideas and principles, who dared to risk his life for the liberation of slaves.While Thoreau s defense was being circulated in the press, John Brown was addressing the court at his trial in Virginia His memorable words would further humanize and ennoble his actions By the time Brown was hanged, he was well on his way to becoming a martyr.Thoreau would write of his death Some 1800 years ago, Christ was crucified This morning, Captain Brown was hung He is not Old Brown any longer he is an angel of light Thoreau would only live a few years longer himself While studying trees one day, he caught a cold that quickly deepened into bronchitis In 1862 he died from tuberculosis He was 44 years old.Sources Book 1 2 Well, I m still pondering what I think about this essay, so I m not quite sure what I d like to say about it yet It is different than what I expected I always thought of Thoreau s Civil Disobedience as the work that inspired non violent protests like 1960s sit ins and Gandhi s hunger strikes and it IS an inspiration, but it is not about those types of actions, as far as I can tell Thoreau, rather, suggests that people should just withdraw from an unjust government and this, to Thoreau includes his early mid 1800s U.S government , and have nothing to do with it He recognizes the fact that a person can t concern himself with making the world better all the time or with solving every problem But a man should be sure not to make it worse or to support in any way via taxes, for example a government which supports and promotes injustice Even voting, he argues, is basically worthless Essentially, he is saying that you can t reform the system by working within the system.This, as I mentioned, surprised me It is supremely individualistic, and I can t get the image out of my mind of a hermit like Thoreau living apart from society And I guess that is what bothers me about this essay On the basis of a single individual, I suppose Thoreau s way of life could workmaybefor him How does he envision his system working on the broader scale Maybe I m unimaginative and stunted, but I can t imagine this working on a large scale People necessarily must, or at least naturally DO, work together and form societies Laws and rules of how to live within the group naturally evolve As a very basic example, how does a society choose to deal with criminals Individuals taking things into their own hands seems, at the very least, inconsistent and provides no sense of security Thus, any rules a society makes about how to react to criminals necessarily grow into laws Doesn t this lead, implicitly, to a government In other words, how is a society to live without even a most basic government It seems that government by the people naturally and necessarily will arise on its own As time goes on and societies get bigger and must interact with other societies, rules naturally form relating to how to interact with one another in a consistent and predictable manner, to promote, at the very least, the safety and well being of its citizens.I guess this is a long way of getting to my point that I don t know how it would be realistically possible for each individual to simply live according to his own moral compass, respecting the rules he wishes to respect and ignoring the others If everyone were to actually follow this model, I do not see how chaos would not result.To conclude, I think in simple and limited sense, I agree with Thoreau on the benefits of civil disobedience as a means of promoting social change and as a form of protest But I m not sure I m sold on this individualistic, I ll do as I want mentality as an ultimate way of life. Welcome to my life Mr Thoreau, I wish we had met sooner. *EPUB ⇦ Civil Disobedience ⇩ Amazing Ebook, Civil Disobedience By Henry David Thoreau This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Civil Disobedience, Essay By Henry David Thoreau Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Was a wonderful experience to read it in parallel with 5 Stars unequivocally Rocks my World Thoreau is sane and percipient He knows what he thinks and expresses himself well.Some example ideas I am so in agreement with I won t give it all away 1 We need a better government, not another revolution 2 We need to take action on our beliefs ideals 3 Even when inconvenient, we need to do right.Thoreau does speak of morals In another era, Thoreau might have spoken of doing the right thing, of living in one s own skin, of karma.I am in agreement with these ideas and am glad to hear read that someone else has had these ideas The ideas seem ahead of their time, primarily because we do not have other commonly known essays which express the same ideas during the same time If I mistaken, please let me know That this essay remains pertinent so far to each US American generation which indicates that some of the underlying problems to the American Experiement are still around today Scary Ideas At time of publication 1849 , these United States had already been in existence since June 21, 1788 for 61 years for an entire 19thc lifetime yet some serious problems were hanging on 1 US Mexican Border By time time of publication the US Mexican War ended 1846 1848 , yet 1914 saw the last raid border skirmish on King Ranch, about 2.25 2.50 hours away by car, seemingly deeper into Texas by horseback When the US steals sovereign land, the US and its citizens and their businesses pay Did Thoreau know to be concerned about the guerrilla threat of Mexican retaliation Perhaps Likely 2 Continuing Slavery At the beginning of the US Civil War even the states that had emacipated their slaves all still had slaves due to gradual emancipation laws grandfather clauses We commonly think of border states having slaves, not northern states Long ago having participated in a Slavery Readings Course, I learned that places like Maine and Connecticut all had some slaves In the essay Thoreau calls on abolitionists to take prompt drastic action, and not just talk and print recriminations Thoreau consistently calls the people to action What I respect about Thoreau He was a man of decisions and actions What a man What a human.Extra Note Guerilla Warfare can be a war of attrition as governments much expend military personnel, effort, and money to deflect and fight off guerillas Guerilla Warfare did become an issue after Am Civil War Maybe others will also recognize these names John Hunt Morgan, William Quantrill, the James Brothers Frank and Jesse, the Younger Brothers Jim and Cole.