This Essay Is About Henry David Thoreau And It Supposert The Idea That He Lived What He Wrote

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Henry David Thoreau"If a man does not keep peace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured (Thoreau, Walden)." This quote comes from writer Henry David Thoreau, author of several writings including Walden and Civil Disobedience. Thoreau was a man of thought and criticized mankinds way of life, and in his time this was unheard of. Thoreau also criticized government to the fullest. Thoreau felt "That government is best which governs not at all (Thoreau, Civil Disobedience)." Thoreau once gave up his freedom for not paying his taxes under circumstances that he did not see ethically and morally right. ...view middle of the document...

Walden simply stressed how material things, such as money, should not have as much value as people and society give them. "One says to me, 'I wonder that you do not lay up money; you love to travel; you might take the [railroad] cars and go to Fitchburg today and see the country.' But I am wiser than that. I have learned that the swiftest traveler is he that goes afoot. I say to my friend, suppose we try who will get there first. The distance is thirty miles; the fare ninety cents. That is almost a day's wages. I remember when wages were sixty cents a day for laborers on this very road. Well, I start now on foot, and get there before night; I have traveled at that rate by the week together. You will in the meanwhile have earned your fare, and arrive there some time tomorrow, or possibly this evening, if you are lucky enough to get a job in season. Instead of going to Fitchburg, you will be working here the greater part of the day (Thoreau, Walden)." This shows how Thoreau considered something as simple as his time was wealth, and not once forced that belief on others.Additionally Thoreau firmly believed that government was " at best an expedient: but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes inexpedient (Thoreau, Civil Disobedience)." Thoreau knew that the majority saw government as a necessity, and he whole-heartedly disagreed. Civil Disobedience explained how he felt that government inhibited that which he felt was divine, free will. He insisted that government made a person secondary to himself and made the government the priority. Thoreau wrote, referring to...

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