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Philosophers historians authors and politicians have spent centuries pondering the relationship between citizens and their government It is a question that has as many considerations as there are forms of government and it is rarely answered satisfactorily A relatively modern theorist author Henry Thoreau introduced an idea of man as an individual rather than a subject by thoroughly describing the way a citizen should live many of his works He indirectly supplements the arguments he presents in his essay Civil Disobedience through a comprehensive selection of adages found in his other works In particular the phrases A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince and To be awake is to be alive I have never met a man who is quite awake support many of the arguments in Civil Disobedience because they help to explicate the complex ideas Thoreau presents The phrase A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince regards the responsibilities of a man to his own consciousnessit is a duty that can not be revoked by any form of tyrant Rather than hinting at a type of anarchy this statement merely describes each mans duty to performing justice in all his actions This does not refer to any mans duty to devote himself to the eradication of any even the most enormous wrong he may still properly have other concerns to engage him but it is his duty at least to wash his hands of it and if he gives it no thought longer not to give it practically his support 681 The term simple does not refer to an underdeveloped sense of morality it describes a state of mind in which the concept of justice is so defined that contradictions cannot exist To toil as it is presented in this quotation means to sacrifice ideals for the sake of conformity or law The only real power the State
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