But, if I put my head deliberately into the fire, there is no appeal to fire or to the Maker of fire, and I have only myself to blame. Because the government will retaliate, Thoreau says he prefers living simply because he therefore has less to lose. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. What is the price-current of an honest man and patriot to-day? They were the voices of old burghers that I heard in the streets. Civil disobedience and religion Many who practice civil disobedience do so out of , and clergy often participate in or lead actions of civil disobedience. Soon after, he was let out to work at haying in a neighboring field, whither he went every day, and would not be back till noon; so he bade me good-day, saying that he doubted if he should see me again.
But such was the case, they think, in the Revolution of '75. When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to be abolished by their vote. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. I had soon read all the tracts that were left there, and examined where former prisoners had broken out, and where a grate had been sawed off, and heard the history of the various occupants of that room; for I found that even here there was a history and a gossip which never circulated beyond the walls of the jail. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. I think an argument can be made that it is not very likely he would ever have made such a statement, because it does not square with his views. Others who are said to have been influenced by Civil Disobedience include: President , Supreme Court Justice , and various writers such as, , , , , and.
It has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but no one has ever found it in any of Jefferson's writings. You do not resist cold and hunger, the winds and the waves, thus obstinately; you quietly submit to a thousand similar necessities. In many cases, those people are the ones who practice civil disobedience. And, above all, there is this difference between resisting this and a purely brute or natural force, that I can resist this with some effect; but I cannot expect, like Orpheus, to change the nature of the rocks and trees and beasts. It was an act of treason for men to declare a separation from Britain and to create a newly formed government for America. Our obligation to morality sometimes leads to a dilemma.
Even though civil disobedience is illegal, this action is more of a moral situation rather than doing it for selfish reasons. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It costs me less in every sense to incur the penalty of disobedience to the State, than it would to obey. There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them. If they pay the tax from a mistaken interest in the individual taxed, to save his property or prevent his going to jail, it is because they have not considered wisely how far they let their private feelings interfere with the public good.
By doing many have done before and, as many will continue to do after me, I do not believe that Socrates waivers in his beliefs between the two accounts according to Plato. But, unfortunately, another man saw fit to pay it. The individual is justified in acting out in civil disobedience when the government restricts the liberties of the individual. I pumped my fellow-prisoner as dry as I could, for fear I should never see him again; but at length he showed me which was my bed, and left me to blow out the lamp. I have other affairs to attend to. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
The human race has a long history of disobedience, beginning in the early biblical texts with the story of Adam and Eve. In an essay Civil Disobedience, written by Henry David Thoreau the national history was written, for the most part, as a result of civil disobedience. Thoreau 's words have helped lead the way to freedom. The State, having thus learned that I did not wish to be regarded as a member of that church, has never made a like demand on me since; though it said that it must adhere to its original presumption that time. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him; and it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it.
But he that would save his life, in such a case, shall lose it. The prisoners in their shirt-sleeves were enjoying a chat and the evening air in the door-way, when I entered. All voting is a sort of gaming, like chequers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. This includes not being a member of an unjust institution like the government. Protesters practice this non-violent form of with the expectation that they will be arrested, or even attacked or beaten by the authorities.
It could be said that it is in the form of respectful disagreement. Is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded? This campaign was from 1893-1914. All three of these men participated in acts of civil disobedience but each in his own way and for different reasons Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation. For instance, used this interpretation to suggest an equivalence between Thoreau's civil disobedience and his own. There are also many examples of civil disobedience the permeate known human history that include various forms of civil disobedience, including mass exodus, boycott, strike, non-cooperation and conscientious objection. People who proclaim that the war in Mexico is wrong and that it is wrong to enforce slavery contradict themselves if they fund both things by paying taxes.
The people's opinion is what matters the most. Webster never goes behind government, and so cannot speak with authority about it. Again, I sometimes say to myself, When many millions of men, without heat, without ill-will, without personal feeling of any kind, demand of you a few shillings only, without the possibility, such is their constitution, of retracting or altering their present demand, and without the possibility, on your side, of appeal to any other millions, why expose yourself to this overwhelming brute force? Violence was not the motive of the protest at all. After being arrested during the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, King received a series of critiques from fellow clergymen stating their disapproval of his actions. As a human race we must strive to fulfill these commands, for they are our moral duties and obligations. In the case of a trial without a jury, you might be counting on the judge's awareness of a certain political issue to give you a reduced or suspended sentence.
I am willing to leave it to the majority. I hear of a convention to be held at Baltimore, or elsewhere, for the selection of a candidate for the Presidency, made up chiefly of editors, and men who are politicians by profession; but I think, what is it to any independent, intelligent, and respectable man what decision they may come to, shall we not have the advantage of his wisdom and honesty, nevertheless? To such the State renders comparatively small service, and a slight tax is wont to appear exorbitant, particularly if they are obliged to earn it by special labor with their hands. A notable example is , a priest who was arrested dozens of times in acts of civil disobedience in antiwar protests. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. . Thus his moral ground is taken from under his feet.