Without Violence Throughout history the unjust components of
government have produced opposition from the people underneath it.
At times people would resort to violent action to fix the wrongs of
the civil governments of their country, but several social leaders
brought people together to do this in a more caring and peaceful
manor. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas K. Gandhi, and
David Thoreauall assembled citizens of their respective
countries in resistance to the wrongs of their governments. While
these three leaders used no violence in their campaigns for
justice, they all had different opinions on the approach of the
opposition as well as the reasoning behind the resistance.
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While this stands evident, the courses of action deviate in the completion of the movements. King had a focus on immediate demonstration to create equality in treatment of other people and to completely eliminate injustice from the world. He believed that some laws under a civil government needed to be demonstrated against because they were unjust and restricting on freedom. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (King 282). By comparison, Thoreau relayed a similar message of fighting the civil government but remaining civil with treating everyone like friends and with respect. He stressed that the government needed to earn respect from the people rather than having the need of the people to earn such treatment for themselves. Without the friendly treatment no respect is earned, so the people need to work to have cooperation. I saw that the state was half-witted that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it (Thoreau 86) When one pities their own government, there is clear proof that change is needed, and Thoreau could see this. In both the writings of MLK and Thoreau it is easy to see that both parties took a role in the opposition towards the civil governments laws with a friendly
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