Friday, April 7, 2017

100 REFLECTIONS: The Sages of Concord #3

How Does It Become You and I?

" . . . a common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder monkeys and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, aye, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed . . .They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned, they are all peaceably inclined. Now what are they, men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? . . .

"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot, without disgrace, be associated with it . . ."
   
                                  from "Resistance To Civil Government" (Civil Disobedience) by HD Thoreau


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