I should like to have them order me out to help put down insurrection of the slaves, or march to Mexico -- see if I would go
Why isn't the quota being met?!
Hey! Give me my money back!
Henry David Thoreau begins his miniature story by giving a reason to why he is writing this paper and the importance of being self aware of one's own issues in the Civil Rights fight to gain equal rights for everyone. Along with this, he also gives the reader a prompt saying how he, the author, "washes his hands" of vile or injusticable acts and how one must be aware of the current government and how it relates to you.
Eh, we can let that person who robbed a million dollars go. But the person who robbed 10 dollars? Lock him up forever!
After this, Henry David Thoreau leads his argument to re-evaluate the idea of patriotism and how the government is being cheated between states and their treasury.
Hehehe... Let us corrupt the system! >:)
With a smooth transition, Henry then supports his earlier claim of being deliberate of when serving justice to the injustice that is happening. He gives a brief example of this with two neighbors: one is cheating the other by keeping a dollar and not giving it back, the other being a person who pursues this person until they get their dollar back.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From giving a theoretical example, Henry then goes on into giving a more realistic example of the government punishing a less threatening and less dangerous crime with more time than an actual threatning criminal.
Henry David Thoreau dives more into detail with corruption and how it is much like a machine. The more you crank the gears, the more injustice and inequality will happen in our government. However, Henry also paints the idea of how one can break laws made by a free government to make a more just country.
With the principles of justice being stated, Henry then concludes this miniature story by porposing how the very Constitution of the United States is evil. From this, he then states how he, as a person, believes he is born in this life to just live it and how people should justify their own actions so they are deemed as justifiable acts.