Henry David Thoreau Abolitionism

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It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see The topic is a quote by one of the greatest American philosophers, Henry David Thoreau. It is, without any doubt, one of the most thought provoking and profound quotes of all time. Two verbs, to look and to see, though used very commonly and used in almost similar situations, have a very deep difference between them. This irony has been highlighted by Henry Thoreau in his quote. If we carefully observe, for a human being to simply look at things and people around him is very natural, but to be able to see beyond the physical appearance is a challenge. Hence, this quality of seeing is very rare and comes to only those who possess a broader perspective towards life. This broader perspective…show more content…
what exactly must have made Thoreau quote it, we will get to know more about his life and will be able to draw inspiration from it. Henry David Thoreau, along with being a great author, poet, philosopher, was also a practitioner of Abolitionism. Abolitionism was a movement to end all kinds of slavery and Henry Thoreau had championed the cause of African slaves. The 1787 Abolitionism medallion designed by Josiah Wedgwood which became very popular for the British anti slavery campaign shows a chained black man on one knee pleading and written at the bottom is ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother’. This line and the whole medallion literally scream the teachings that we get from the quote. The great minds who initiated Abolitionism and others who later supported it clearly were able to identify the African slaves and realize that they are also human beings, they also have a family, and they also possess feelings, emotions just like any man. Whereas, the cruel and short sighted people who chained them, treated and used them as animals unfortunately could only look upon them as a piece of black muscular flesh to drive their carts. Henry Thoreau also observed Civil Disobedience because with his wisdom and experience he was able to see and identify an unjust government and refused to cooperate with it. These philosophies also greatly influenced many other notable figures, one of them being, the father of our nation, Mahatma
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