What an excellent piece! (Forgive me for finding special satisfaction in that it was written on my birthday, no less.)
To quote J.C. Tuccille: “Yeah, I prefer Emerson and Thoreau, too.”
Ahh, gool ol’ ‘Civil Disobedience.’ Remember when our dear, late friend, Charlton Heston made his speech regarding the same? I sure do! IIRC, he quoted Henry David Thoreau’s original piece:
Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.
It impressed me enough to forward it to my mother who, in turn, asked me if I agreed with civil disobedience. Of course I replied that I most certainly did, adding that it may get me into trouble one of these days, but would hope that she’d listen to my side before deciding if it was a good or bad move.
Her reply? (She’s so cute.) “Please don’t get TOO brave.” LOL
If it’s of any value, (I hope it is), we tried to cultivate that same attitude in our children. But true to being my mother’s daughter, I also told them that, unless you’re willing to paint a target on your back, you’re best off disregarding evil laws quietly.