Civil Disobedience

From Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”, there is something about the quote,  “that government is best which governs least” is something that I don’t quite agree with or totally disagree with.  Though I do agree with that there should be citizen opinions within our government’s decisions, I believe there still should be restriction and control over the country’s/state’s government so total chaos breaking out. The role of government is to facilitate the well being of the countries/states citizens. It can help maintain financial stability, safety, the rights of citizens,  and maintaining laws. The role that government has in relation to the individual citizen is to protect human rights and individual rights. Each individual’s human needs are meant to be meet, this can include healthcare, social programs, food banks, and education. The citizen’s lives should be held at high importance. When Thoreau states, Thoreau states that “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .”,  a government that would obtain my respect would be one that takes the citizens’ opinions into consideration. The government should still have laws in place to maintain peace, but they shouldn’t have too much control over the citizens, so they have the freedom to live a fulfilling life. Civil disobedience has a tremendous impact on today’s society. There are laws that the citizens want to be put in place so they can have the freedom to do as they will. And this is still effective even today with many protesting in the streets for their cause they believe in, fighting for their rights with their voices. With these protests, many new laws have been put in place to expand the rights that we can have within our country. The whole idea of Transcendentalism and how this excerpt ties in is really interesting to me. I’ve been enjoying this section quite a lot, which was something I wasn’t expecting to happen when I saw all of the work we had gotten in the beginning. I can’t wait to dive into the next assignments for this topic and learn more and more about this social movement.

Some songs that I listened to when typing this blog:

  • I’m Still Standing by Elton John
  • Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  • Rock’n Me by Steve Miller Band
  • Cold as Ice by Foreigner
  • Barracuda by Heart

Readings on Transcendentalism

The main connection that we see between Thoreau’s and Emerson’s thoughts is that we can live a fulfilling life with nature. In Emerson’s work, he talks about how we can find this delight within ourselves or within the harmony of man and nature. We would be able to break the chains of society and become one with God. In Thoreau’s work, when we live within nature for a long period of time, we can disconnected from our society and live the life we were created to. Are lives would become more simplistic and we wouldn’t have to worry about the pressure of society. The main idea of the first portion of the excerpt, “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”,  is  the positive side of living within nature. We can create a new life that would be free and uncommitted unlike in society where we would fall into the fads that have been put in place for us to follow.  The main conclusion of the excerpt, “The Conclusion”, is the downside to living in a natural setting for so long. Thoreau stated that he had developed routines as time passed on and the life he was living became committed. The benefits of Thoreau’s experiment of leaving society behind is that people will be able to see how it has affect someone and benefits and downsides to what would happen abandoning your normal lifestyle. I would probably miss the people I would usually be surrounded by on a day-to-day basis. I feel that I would start to become lonely being out there by myself, just like Thoreau had done. Even though I would have that worry, I would be down to try this out sometime in my life. It has always been a dream for me to live out in the middle on the woods and not be surrounded by the hustle of the average lifestyle. I think that modern readers should take from this that its not necessary to have all the newest things. We live in a society surrounded with new technology and trends that everybody tries to follow. Transcendentalism teaches us that we don’t need everything to live a fulfilling life.

Some songs that I listened to when creating this blog:

  • Lavender Blood by Fox Academy
  • Horticulture by Maxx Marshalll
  • Wolves by Phosphorescent
  • Smother by Daughter
  • The Cold by OH!hello

Coming to a Close on Debates

Throughout our lesson on arguing and debating, my thoughts on arguments hasn’t changed too much since the beginning of learning the section, but there is still some considerable change. The reason why I had got into arguments hasn’t changed, if the topic is something I have a strong connection to then I will defend my side. From time to time I will argue over small, silly things, but I don’t get involved often since I’m a type of person who doesn’t like to get involved with arguing in the first place. Though now I do have a better understanding on the way I should argue. Sometimes I get frustrated and fed up when I’m in a “heated” debate and my arguments would become more opinionated and were developed out of that frustration. Then again, I usually keep my opinions to myself, so when they do come out its like a jumble of emotion and nonsense. I also learned that it is incredibly important to develop a valid argument while you are debating. There had been many times where I had gotten into mini debates and our arguments were not valid. Looking back at my thoughts at the beginning compared to how they are now, there has been a change in thought. The biggest thing that has changed for me is the way I argue. I now try to think logically instead of letting my opinions and emotions get the best of me and possibly ruin my side of the argument. When we were assigned to write a persuasive speech for our debate, I struggled with creating something that I felt would be strong enough to use for an actual debate against an opponent. I took me awhile to find statistics and information for my topic that wasn’t opinionated. After that it wasn’t too hard, it’s just that sometimes I’m awful at trying to prove my side right. Overall, even though I was not thrilled at the idea of debating against one another, I enjoyed learning how to debate properly. I never knew how to argue properly before, so maybe I can have a chance this time in winning a small debate once.