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People who feel they are constantly being criticized may also criticize everything and everyone around them. They might choose to go their own way because they rule and it’s their way or the highway. They don’t realize when they have done wrong when they crash and burn, yet they still blame others because they think they have no other options. The longer the harsh criticism continues, the more people lose sight of anything positive in their lives. People enslaved to their negative thoughts are selfish, very self-cons... ... middle of paper ... ...his life.
Thoreau does not support the structure of the current system and suggests people should be self-governed. Thoreau writes “government is best which governs least” (Thoreau 1). Thoreau does not trust involvement of a government in an individual’s life and claims that the government should have minimal involvement in its citizen 's life. Thoreau points out “Government is at best but an expedient” (Thoreau 1). Thoreau knows that a government is needed to do certain things, however, Thoreau argues the government is not needed to control an individual’s life.
Thoreau was a very dedicated abolitionist. Majority of his works was for the abolishment of slavery. Thoreau even defended Captain John Brown, who was charged with treason for the uprising against slavery in Virginia. Thoreau expressed his feelings in a way that is still relevant in society today. His most radical work is his writing on “Civil Disobedience” in his essay Thoreau states, “government is best which governs not at all”(1).This powerful statement means that government is too corrupt to lead people in the right way so they need to take a step back and let society govern itself.
Thoreau 's defiant tone is evident when he bluntly claims, "It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the west. It does not educate." This defiant tone builds the readers anger toward a useless government, that as Thoreau says, "is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it." Thoreau 's main purpose for writing Civil Disobedience is to promote resistance against the current government system, so it is local that a government that does not help the people, should not have control over the people.
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