Thoreau's theories and praxis were often aligned, as he actually put his thoughts into practice. For Thoreau, this meant living in accordance with his strong affinity for nature, his belief that all living things are connected through a universal soul, and that as an individual, one must act in accordance with what one believes is morally right. Thoreau rejected merely obeying orders, and understood with great clarity that laws are often not equivalent to what is morally right. As such, Thoreau refused to pay taxes to support wars and was a supporter of the abolitionist movement which strove to end slavery, regardless if slavery was legal or not. The Transcendentalist movement tied together much of these spiritual, naturalist, and individualist beliefs.