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What does Thoreau feel is his only obligation?
The quick answer to this is that Thoreau says the only obligation he has the right to assume is the obligation to follow his own conscience. Here is a quote that shows that. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.
What is the one thing Thoreau says he must do?
The masses can’t force him to do anything; he is subject only to those who obey a higher law. He says that he has to obey his own laws and try to flourish in this way.
What is the rule obligation by which Thoreau lives?
6)What is the rule/obligation by which Thoreau lives? He lived by the rule of always doing what he thinks is right, putting man first and a subject after.
What does Thoreau urge each man?
Each man must find and follow his own path in understanding reality and seeking higher truth. Discussing philanthropy and reform, Thoreau highlights the importance of individual self-realization. Society will be reformed through reform of the individual, not through the development and refinement of institutions.
Why does Thoreau argue it is not enough to just think a law is immoral?
Why does Thoreau argue it is not enough to just think a law is immoral? Because thinking a law is immoral doesn’t do anything to change the law. Thoreau says if we think a law is immoral, we must act to change it.
What is the only obligation a person has?
“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” -Paul Coelho.
Who does Thoreau say he will cheerfully obey?
The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to,—for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well,—is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed.
What were his feelings about the government while he was in jail?
What were his feeling about the government while he was in jail? Thoreau was pitt into jail because he refused to conform and pay his taxes. His feelings about the government were that they were unjust and their justice wasn’t being represented.
What according to Thoreau is the best government?
Thoreau believes that the best kind of government is one that governs not at all. Governments, like all human institutions, are, of their very nature, corrupt.
Why does Thoreau look down on soldiers?
7)Why does Thoreau look down on soldiers, captains, generals, etc.? Because they follow and serve even if they don’t believe in what the law is or if it goes against common sense. He says, “Soldiers have no opportunity to exercise moral sense, reduced to the existence comparable to that of a horse or dog.”
What according to Thoreau does it take to reawaken and keep ourselves awake?
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.
What did Thoreau find wrong with majority?
Thoreau finds wrong with majority rule because it decides against justice with what the people want rather then the self conscience deciding what’s wrong and right. The only obligation he is to assume is at any time to decide what it right. Thoreau was pitt into jail because he refused to conform and pay his taxes.