October 05, 2004

Civil Disobedience at Work in the Home

My husband is a big Thoreau fan. A forestry major, he is particularly fond of Walden and our fireplace has a stone mortared into it that reads: "Simplify, simplify,simplify. He is also a child of the sixties (he's 8 years older than I am) and still loves to play protest songs (and sing loudly) with the old LP's. He has been known to jump on moving bulldozers to stop them from mowing down his trees. (We live out in the boonies in a log house.)

Once, he issued a particularly heavy-handed and unfair punishment to my son and nothing his half-sister or I could do would soften his decision. We decided to appeal to his values and practice our own "civil disobedience." We made protest signs, sang songs and my stepdaughter wrote an impassioned speech in my son's behalf. After being picketed for awhile he finally relented...and the kids learned a powerful lesson that they still talk about. I just wish I'd taken pictures!

Posted by LindaFondrk at October 5, 2004 02:51 PM


You are so humorous! I must know, how long did it take for his appeal? What do you think about civil disobidience? I hope this launches a discussion.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 5, 2004 03:04 PM

Oh God, me too, I need a discussion so I will pass this assignment. It took about a half an hour. I am all for civil disobedience. I think it can be very effective as long as it doesn't become a parody of itself. Think of the satires you may have seen about tree huggers chaining themselves...that might have been on the Simpsons.

Posted by: LInda Fondrk at October 5, 2004 05:56 PM


Satire definitely shines a negative light on civil disobidience. "Civil" meaning it should be done in a manner compling with humanity. It is a HUGE oxymoron; however, when done properly, is ever effective. Just look at peaceful protests that happen everyday.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 5, 2004 10:14 PM

Wow! That's crazy...yet as Katie mentioned, you deliver your entry with such humor. I particularly found it humerous that your daughter and you took picket signs, sang loud protests songs, and turned the tables on your husband. HA!

However...if he is a fan of Pink Floyd...he's a good guy in my eyes! ;)

Posted by: Renee at October 6, 2004 10:53 PM


This doesn't have to do with civil disobedience, but I didn't know where else to write back to since I'm not a blogging expert!
Thanks for commenting on my Morrison/Poe comment. I was really hoping someone else would have seen the similarities. I'm a big classic rock fan, and I wasn't sure if any of my peers that are of my generation would have understood my comparison. Do you think they shared the same drug habit too??? Alot of the poetry and song lyrics that Morrison wrote I could definatly see being in a Poe poem. I really liked your idea about possibly researching the idea that perhaps Morrison was influenced by Poe's poetry. Thanks!!

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