i can agree but also disagree with thoreau statement “That government is best which governs least”. he doesn’t like the government and thinks we shouldn’t have it so they can stay out of our business and we can be independent. i agree with that because i think as people we need to make our own decisions that are best for the state that we are in and the government doesn’t always make the best decision and it ends badly. for instance the government just shut down recently. that’s not going well. but then again if there wasn’t any control there would be an even bigger mess between the people. the government still needs some overall total control because things would be like the purge if people controlled things. but people just want things to be more equal which the government doesn’t do and should help change this so all people can feel like they have powers and their opinions matter. so even though the government does need to make sure rules are followed and everything is in order i can kind of understand what thoreau means. but we need government to keep everyone and thing safe even though these days everything is a mess. so the argument is actually hard to pick a side for because our government has always been controversial. so i think we just need to have a government with a leader that isn’t controversial because everyone looks at the main person when the judge the overall. then maybe people would respect the government more and it wouldn’t be so bad. i also agree with the influence thoreau put no Martin Luther King jr. and Gandhi and the way they approach the protest because they were very peaceful and had such string points about what they did that our government should take more of that approach and could learn from them because they still influence us today. whenever things go violent it’s because they are ignored by the government and not taken proper steps to make sure people know that they care and hear their opinions, so people sometimes get so frustrated that their voices aren’t heard they result to violence to get attention on the topic. and that actually has happened and it’s not good. but i do think that civil disobedience is effective and important if just done the right way and everything is shown importance.
some connections i can make between Emerson and Thoreau thoughts were that they both made connections to nature. it seems they both think nature is the key to happiness. Emerson take more of a describing approach of what he believes about nature. where Thoreau actually went out and experienced nature by spending two years in the woods to show society corrupts man and he can live on his own without. guided by his own instinct without judgment. hes experiencing and much more simplistic life rather then what he describes society as. when he tells of nature though hes more describing his experience so other people can learn and change their lives to change their lives and revolve more around nature and god. i don’t think i would persevere in this experiment to learn that you don’t have to be judged by society, because two years is a long time to live alone in the woods and stay sane honestly. even though you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone judging you and controlling you i still need help with things all the time. and living in the woods wold cause me to ask a lot mope questions. the way we’ve been raised in this age we don’t have to be fulling self sufficient. we have google to look up things about nature and help us. you can literal have people shop for you know and bring you you food from restaurants so we don’t have to worry about hunting and harvesting. so there is no way i would survive two years in the woods. maybe a week at max. i cant even compare that too camping because i’m sure it was a lot harder. just from reading it though i did learn to not just focus on the typical judgments of society and instead focus on the little and more sensitize things. i also think once i finally learned what transcendentalism was that it could still have meanings and maybe lessons to learn today. such as taking care of nature and getting rid of the bad things that make things hard. so maybe go vegan, think more positively of others and produce less waste to take care of nature better.
my opinion about abortion going into the debate was pro choice in certain circumstances with certain laws. but that’s not how it really works these days because you can get an abortion just for an accidental pregnancy, it doesn’t have to be in bad circumstances like a rape case. then when i was researching i found out that New York changed there law for women to be able to get an abortion up to full term and i don’t believe that should be legal at all. 28 weeks is already a lot in my opinion because i learned scientists developed a theory that fetus can feel pain through the spine in only 8 weeks. after that though my full opinion still didn’t change but i was persuaded more and questioned my opinion because the other side is pretty convincing, but then when i was writing it and thinking about pro abortion i realized there were still some points on the opposite side i still agreed with. so my opinion didn’t change i just think there needs to be more stricter laws about abortion. when we actually had to argue to our peer at first i was freaking out because i have really bad debating skills and even though i had a lay out i wasn’t really prepared. it’s hard to think off the spot like that fro a rebuttal because you don’t know what your opponent is going to ask you. it was nice that we just had to write them out however because then we just have to assume some questions your opponent would ask that are common for pro life arguments. then you go to write your rebuttal however and questions and it’s still hard because i was going to take information from my opponent and use it against them so you just kind of have to end up researching more of your opponent’s side. i tried to watch some debates on youtube to help me but they were really long and most of them were from high political stand points like even Donald trump and Hillary Clinton but i noticed their didn’t have a lot of facts it was just what they would change based on how they feel about the matter. because obviously they could if they were president but still they weren’t much help. so i just listened and went on lots of different websites to find different things people com[air abortion too and i found things like slavery compared to abortion and the death penalty to abortion which ended up being very helpful.