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  • The emergence of Transcendentalism, as a movement, led to a reformation that predominantly promoted self-reliance and nonconformity.
  • I wish to go to the woods to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to learn what I could not see. 
  • We must learn to awaken and keep ourselves awake. Have we viewed the wonders beyond the horizon? Society is too blinded by the novelty of new technology that it fails to see its pitfalls.
  • Henry David Thoreau, a philosopher renowned for his vigorous efforts of advocation, detested the city life. He eventually moved to Walden Pond and established his own settlement (shack).
  • Laws that are deemed unjust can be broken. I will not continue to contribute to the maintenance of the government nor will I be subject to absurd government laws.
  • You are under arrest!
  • Thoreau who refused to pay poll tax was arrested by the local sheriff. He believed that the tax supported the Mexican-American War and the expansion of slavery Southwest in which he believed was morally unjust.
  • Transcendentalism sparked the idea of a system in which prioritized thought over insight/logic. Although unity would be the essence of the movement, individuals were unwilling.
  • In the end, the majority holds power in the society. If one person stands up against the injustices, more are bound to follow. 
  • Although lacking the prominence and the exertion of the movement itself, Thoreau continued to call on people to follow their beliefs.
  • Although someone had interfered with my defiance and paid the tax, the word can still be spread through Civil DIsobedience.
  • The Transcendentalism Movement which was prevalent along with Civil Disobedience would later encourage nonviolent, passive disobedience and further inspire future individuals around the world.
  • We desire a governmental reformation!
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