Civil Disobedience- Reflection

I thought civil disobedience would be quite boring to read, but after I finished it I was convinced by Thoreau’s arguments and got interested in his thoughts as well. Initially, I’ve thought that his arguments were quite invalid: how can slavery and war simply disappear just by not paying tax to the government? But Thoreau’s further explanation and assertion changed my previous perspective. Even though it might be something that’s insignificant to the government (one person resisting to pay tax), Thoreau boldly went into the prison saying that it’s the only place for just people if the society is full of unjust ones, and resisted to pay tax since the government uses that money to further maintain slavery, support war or other kinds of ‘evil’ that Thoreau is against of. Furthermore, when he criticized those ones who supports the abolition of slavery and war only in theory are actually the ones that deter the necessary reform from happening, I’ve felt quite ashamed of myself. Because the majority people tend to avoid active participation if it is risk-involving such as getting all of your properties confiscated, Thoreau’s point seems to pinpoint the inner guilt of the audience  and convince them that they can make a difference. He also says that even though it brings cost to us, it is right to return anything that is unjustly acquired- by this, he urges people to carry out their thoughts of abolishing slavery, war and other ‘misdeeds’ of the states in order to make it become a reality.
In conclusion,  I was really convinced by his ideas and found his reasons for not paying tax to go into the jail very interesting and profound. I thought there might not be a lot of people who can actually carry out his or her thoughts into action so confidently as Thoreau did, risking the danger of imprisonment, confiscation and all the other negative consequences.

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