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As religions importance decreases in the American publics view and government strengthens more and more people have come to stand up for what they believe in In the 1840s the masses just followed each other without even contemplating it but now in the year of 2003 the public has come to question what the government and religion tells and instructs them to do So therefore the masses have grown even more into a civilized society Henry David Thoreau had a strong belief about the public and how they should act This moral belief has came to be called his code of ethics which simply stated says that all people should do what is right in their own conscience and not just what the government tells them to doI believe that by todays standards it is far easier to live by Thoreaus code of ethics than it was back in Thoreaus time over one hundred years ago Even though our government has grown more strict and has a tighter grasp on the public than a hundred years ago people still chose to exercise their beliefs in whatever manner they seem fit For example in this time of war that our country is in a minority of the public have chosen to voice their antiwar opinions in demonstrations some being peaceful and others not so peaceful These violent antiwar demonstrations are against the law yet people have still chosen to do what is right in their own minds by going against the government in proceeding with these doings In contrast to these times in Thoreaus time it would have been outrageous and quite unlikely for anyone especially a group to go against their American government in such a way as these people are presently doing Another example of how 2003 differs from the 1840s with the publics code of ethics is concerning religion and morality Back in the 1840s in America noone even knew of anyone
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