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In 2002 the United States stock market investors took a massive hit Heads and accountants of the technology giant Enron were exposed for falsifying their records Instead of reporting their loss they lied and reported gains to draw investment These few corrupt officials profited enormously when the lies caused their own stock holdings to rise in value When these records were exposed the company was decimated The stock value was reduced to pennies thousands of jobs were instantly lost and the entire technology market was severely impacted What does the Enron scandal have to do with a nineteenth century spiritual movement The point is the actions of few rippled out to affect the nation However The beliefs of transcendentalism are inapplicable On the national level people are too materialistic In effect falling into conformity has become characteristic of Americans The self-reliance preached by transcendentalists is nothing more than a helpful guide to spiritual peace and moral improvement Henry David Thoreau took his view of transcendentalism to practice He lived a rugged life surrounded by nature for years searching for answers to life and the most perfect way to live it His ideas involved the least amount of government if at all the pursuit of actions influenced by the heart and soul and as little mind paid to society and its values Thoreau was not only an idealist but also an extremist A transcendentalist utopia would be an impossible transformation on a national level Lets entertain the notion that everyone in the United States looked into their conscience and lived a moral life that Thoreau believed was possible People would probably be pleased with their level of contentment after all every human is good by nature according to Thoreau However after a period of time the contentment would pass The nature of Americans would show itself This is the nature of wanting more of greed If one person has a farm of 20 acres and another
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