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Transcendentalism How Thoreau's "Resistance To Civil Government" Relates To Phillip Berrigan's Beliefs About Individualism

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Transcendentalism, a philosophy based on principles that reality is to be discovered by the study of the thought processes, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical. Society has taken this philosophy and has implemented it as part of the daily lives of its people. Transcendentalism makes its connection to society and real life in many ways. The “Resistance to Civil Government” by Thoreau embodies what transcendentalists believed. Throughout time there have been more people like Thoreau who believed in Transcendentalism. For example, Phillip Berrigan who’s dying words were “I die with the conviction, held since 1968 and Catonsville, that nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth; to mine for them, manufacture them, deploy them, use them, is a curse against God, the human family, and the earth itself.” Thoreau’s piece relates to Phillips Berrigan’s Quote because they both represent the fact of individualism and to not abide by what the government says.
Resistance to civil government can represent how individualism affects not only the people escaping from the human norms of society but also those who control them. The Human Norm’s of society are to go through life and to listen to whatever your government says. All with the purpose of trying to prevent chaos which would result in the down fall of civilized society. The government is a crucial factor in every To a certain extent it is allowable but at the risk of its own society or people being unable to explore the truths of what they believe is a costly consequence. A man should be allowed to resist his own government if he truly believes what is being done is wrong and therefore not agreeing with his own perception on how life works. This is condoned to be someone who is considered a rebel to society who would be a person that does not conform to society and lives up to what he truly believes in. The question as to why society thrusts it upon us to be civilized humans which causes us to lose our freedom remains unanswered. No person wants to be looked down upon because they are making a change but if it is what you strongly have faith in then other factors do not faze you. These are the true people of society who do not wish to change only because someone has told them to without justification.
Phillip Berrigan was a man who thought that if you believe strongly about something then you should try to make it a reality no matter what anybody tells you as long as you do not doubt yourself at all. Phillip Berrigan was a Roman Catholic priest that strongly disbelieved in the fact that it was okay for the...

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