The Unethical Analysis Of Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

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What Thoreau means by the Civil Disobedience is that every person should be govern more by his own moral compass that gives him much clearer answer to his deeds, rather than some laws of a government. “Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think we should be men first, and subjects afterward.” (1) On the first reading of such statement, one can easily agree, but it is unimaginable that it could really work in reality. It would count on every citizen being moral and righteous. Are we really capable of such an honest line of thinking? Is it not in the human nature to try to bend the rules or even go around them? Could we be honest enough to ourselves and after committing an evil deed look into our conscience and say that this deserves to be punished? I have hard time to believe in such things when the most common proclamation of every other criminal is to claim their innocence. Nonetheless, Thoreau leads us to the point, where he states that it is the responsibility, or even a duty, of every citizen to disobey a law which he does not believe to be right or just. He sees it as an obligation not to participate in such evil doings and also stand or rebel against it. He takes the course of action as to…show more content…
It speaks to every individual to look into himself and to think about his deeds as well as about the things he let happened. It is well over a century ago when Thoreau wrote this and many things have changed. On one hand, the question is, if it would be still possible to make a similar stand as Thoreau did. In our time we found a different way to show our revolt. We usually make some small stance to ease up on our conscience, but is it enough just to grab a banner and go into the streets calling out loud? On the other hand, if all of this would be manageable, would it

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