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Civil Disobedience vs Crito After having read Henry David Thoreaus Civil Disobedience and reading what Socrates says in Crito I believe that the disagreement is only apparent The idea of what is right and wrong between the men is very similar However I think that if Socrates lived in todays society that he would also intentionally violate the law because he believes that nothing is more important than morals including laws Throughout Thoreaus essay civil disobedience he talks about how our nation is unjust and how anyone who partakes in even paying taxes is doing an injustice in which he did jail time for Although I believe that Thoreau makes many good points and is right by what he says in many cases but for anyone to actually live a just life in his eyes is not logical For example he throws out the idea that a person must sacrifice their values to support the government For Thoreau this is not a just way of living He believes that if individual compromises negotiates or passively accepts it is the same as committing a crime Thoreau also believed that the only laws he had to abide by were his own Individualism was a main point in Thoreaus theories He said that people only have to worry about the evil they created and the evil they didnt create they didnt have to worry about A person does not have to make the world a better place but just does not have to make it any worse In addition Thoreau was very critical to democracy He said that people who value democracy are moral sellouts The fact that our country allows decisions to be made on a majority level is not just at all So the question is do we abide by the laws that elected officials that we vote for make for all of us and live unjustly or do we live
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