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FIRST POST In Huckleberry Finn (a book I must read now that I have experienced glimpses of it) (Twain, 1994), the titular character wrestles with two competing obligations: to be a good citizen and to be a good human. On one hand, Huck needs to be a good citizen, which means obeying the law, which means reporting Jim, the runaway slave, to authorities, so that he would be recaptured and returned to slavery. This was the law, and whether or not you liked it or wanted to do it, you were expected to follow the law. This is an example of Kantian Categorical Imperative - you do what your duty dictates that you do, whether or not you want to (California State University, n.d.). However, the duty to be a good human tells Huck that slavery is wrong, and he should not endorse it through his actions. I think this is an example of a situation where law and morality do not align, forcing the individuals to choose to make choices that are either immoral but legal, or illegal but moral. Ideally, law and

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