What is the connection to individuality in "Civil Disobedience"?

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In "Civil Disobedience ," Thoreau is essentially arguing that when a person's conscience is in conflict with the law, that person is bound to obey their conscience. Laws in Thoreau's America were made with the consent of the governed, that is to say, majority rule. But Thoreau claims that the individual is not bound by the will of the majority when that will is in conflict with a higher law of morality. He urges his readers to "let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine." When the "machine" is moving in the wrong direction, he says that it is at least his obligation...

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