Romanticism & Civil Disobedience

And the search for peace from two men

Letter to Henry David Thoreau

Dear Mr. Thoreau,

You have a lot of great ideas about government, and how government should be. I agree with a lot of things you have said about government. The thing about government, is, they can really take over. But also, there are limits for them, which they would have to follow. The things you have said about government, has persuaded me to believe that if government wanted to be fair, it shouldn’t govern at all. I think that everyone should pay taxes to support each other. Therefore, I think that the schoolmaster should pay taxes also to support you too. What you have said, “Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.” I agree with what you have said there, because if men were to become subjects first, they wouldn’t agree with each other rather than denying each other’s ideas about government. When you said that quote, I think that you have tried to say that the men, should be men first as in working together to form a government rather than having many random ideas about government and how it should be controlled. When you were sent to jail, or prison, I think you did the right thing not to pay the taxes. The prison experience has changed the way you view prison, even if it was in one day. I think back in the day, you did the right thing, because people should support everyone else, not just one person or company.



"Reality is what people who lack vision see"- Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Response to quote

think what this quote is trying to say is that they people who lack vision, lack vision of the future or the good things that can happen in the future. I think that this quote goes with idealism because it has the idea that is saying that people who lack vision, doesn't have the vision to seeing a good future and they can only see what is happening in reality I think that this quote has a lot of meaning to it and describes people who doesn't see the future positively.



The habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant.


"A child who does not think about whats happening around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrels work and is on the road to being a scoundrel."-José Marti

Response to quote

I believe that this quote relates to individualism. I believe that because young individualists could grow up to not be honest. It may lead to the child growing up or the road for the child to become a scoundrel, which is someone who is dishonest. The child being dishonest, may lead to a lot of things in his/her life. Also, if he doesn't realize what is around him, or surrounds him, he may not realize what s/he is doing to society.



hopefullness and confidence about the future the successful outcome of something.


"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."-Helen Keller

Response to quote

I believe that without any hope or confidence, nothing can be completed or finished. I believe that I am optimistic. Confidence is part of an achievement, therefore, and optimistic person achieves goals with confidence. This quote goes with optimism because it explains and tells what optimism is, and how it goes with achievement. Hope and confidences is the key to achievement. Also, optimism is and excited of confident about the future. Therefore, I am an optimist because I am confident about the future.



The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.


"When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning got what you should sense."-Kahlil Gilbran

Response to quote

I agree with what Kahlil Gilbran's quote is trying say. In Kahlil's quote, he is trying to say that when you are getting to the end of something that you know, it is the beginning of time that you should start to feel it and sense it, and not only knowing it. I agree with Kahlil Gibran's quote is trying to say about intuition. Intuition is something that you remember instantly without trying to remember it and just goes to you naturally.

Mahatma Gandhi

There are many things that Mahatma Gandhi has achieved in his life. He was a man that has been inspiring a lot of people to get rid the of the salt tax by protesting non violently with a lot of people. No one did not like the salt act because they are having to pay for something they can get freely in the ocean, the same place they're buying the salt where it came from. Later, a lot and many people have joined Mahatma with he protest. The government has been getting tired of the protest and almost send Gandhi to jail. Later, Gandhi and his protest have taken advantage and the government has stopped and then later Gandhi gets assassinated after his accomplished nonviolent protest.


The similarities of these two(Henry D. Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi) people is that they both have a way of protesting. Their ways of protesting is quite similar. The way that they are similar is that they both protest non violently against the government. They both cared about what they thought was right. Mahatma thought that paying taxes for something they could get easily is the salt, which is right by their ocean, and protested with a big group of people. Whereas, Henry David Thoreau just did a protest where he doesn't pay any of the taxes to support the church, but the church doesn't help the people around with them getting money, so Henry Thoreau rejected to pay the taxes and was sent to jail just for only a day.


The differences between these two historical people is that they both had different ways of protesting or different things they had protested about. Henry D. Thoreau has protested or not wanting to pay for the taxes to support the church and he did that alone, whereas Gandhi lead a group to a protest that was against the Salt tax.
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