Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was american writer, philosopher and supporter of civil disobedience as the only way that the individual can fight against the growing and unjust state power. Thoreau was a controversial writer, but today we can learn a lot from his essays, especially in this time of growing state power. One of his essays that inspired me is “On Civil Disobedience”, where he explains what civil disobedience means and why it is important to question the state and the role of the individual in it.
Here is the audio book by Thoureau “On Civil Disobedience”:
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Once upon a time there was this amazing land, placed on mountainous Balkan Peninsula, called Yugoslavia, built on ideas of brotherhood, equality and sharing. I grew up there living together side by side with many cultures and religions. I had wonderful childhood.
“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
"Let me not prey to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them."