Thoreau and Arendt
Posted on August 24th, 2018
Arendt in conversation with Thoreau:
The rules of conscience, she argues, ‘do not say what to do; they say what not to do’. In other words: personal conscience can sometimes prevent us from aiding and abetting evil but it does not require us to undertake positive political action to bring about justice.
This is an interesting conversation, as we are greatly lacking in both:
- non-participation in evil
- proactive action to bring about justice