The encyclopedia defines transcendentalism as: A philosophy that emphasizes the a prior conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality, a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical. Transcendentalism can also be interpreted as divine and intellectual expression of American democracy where everyone has an equal opportunity of experiencing and expressing God themselves, no matter wealth, status, or political affiliation. Transcendalism is a philosophic and literary movement, that started in New England. This movement was a reaction against the eighteenth century rationalism. Combining romantic, idealistic, mystical, and individualistic beliefs, this movement was more about thought than an actual philosophy. Most aspects of the movement revolved around nature, and a higher being. This movement was subject to change and contradiction.
It did, however, have outlines which was based on God, and unity of the world. The Transcendental emphasis on the oneness of individual souls with nature and with God gave dignity and importance to human activity and made possible a belief in the power to effect social change in harmony with God’s purposes. The transcendentalists were influenced by romanticism, especially concerning self-examination, the celebration of individualism and the wonders of nature. Most transcendentalist writers did express, to some extent, their religious views toward nature, the whole creation process, and they did notice some sort of connection between the universe and the indivdual spirit. Some writers that were heavily involved in this movement were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller. Thoreau is the writer of Walden.
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A actual account of the way he spent his life when he decided to live in nature. This quote gives Thoreaus opinion of people: It is never too late to give up your prejudices. This quote expresses Thoreaus view on people and the world. He believed we should try to surpass our highest goals, that we should learn as much as we can, to live life to its fullest. He was set on attaining his goal to become the best person he could be. And this quote gives a way that we can become better people by giving up our old ways of thinking or doing something. Its never too late to change.
Living life to its fullest and as the best person you can be you have to first realize what is holding you back and then change it. Thoreaus quote gives prejudices as an example of what might be holding you back from becoming a better person but he also says its never to late to change and its important that you do change. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something another quote from Thoreau which explains his point even more, accept who people are and who you are. Do not change to be like the world, change for the improvement of yourselves whether it be spiritually, mentally, or physically or all three. Throughout Walden he emphises change.
He wants us to accept ourselves and each other for what we are, whether or not we are alike. We all march to the beat of a different drummer and who is someone else to tell you that you need to change, when in actuality they could be the ones who need to change. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or faraway. yet another quote from Thoreau which explains the differences between one another: a