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Thoreau's Influence On Individualism

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Thoreau was a die hard individualist who consciously strove to stand apart from the crowd. Thoreau’s individualism was a way of life more than it was a political outlook. His ideas on individualism have had a lasting influence on humanity, but as for Thoreau himself the way he lived his own life was more important than the manner in which he influenced the world. Thoreau developed a philosophy around his own way of living. It was in pursuit of this philosophy of life that he went to live in a secluded cabin for two years, and to make a stand in defence of individual conscience by refusing to pay taxes. He believed that if he paid his tax he would be actively supporting negro slavery and the conduct of the Mexican war. The quote by Thoreau,
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