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Thoreau was a firm believer in Transcendentalism.  This idea suggested that an emotional frame of reference needed to be appropriated in order to make sense of the world and one's place in it.  Thoreau stressed individuality and breaking from the shackles of social conformity.  His beliefs of hearing the inner voice that guides individual action towards a sense of justice that is pure and good are critical to his identity and his belief system.  At the same time, Thoreau did not believe in human passivity, as he stressed that individuals are active agents in their world.  Thoreau himself demonstrated this with his arrest and challenges to what he perceived as unjust laws.

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