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Transcendentalism

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Introduction

Transcendentalism Response In the 19th century, people believed in transcendentalism, which is the philosophy about being capable of discovering the higher truth through intuition. They also believe that meditation can give them experiences they never had before. This idea was led by Ralph Waldo Emerson and he was considered a transcendentalist, along with Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman is a writer from the 19th century and he as a transcendental writer, he wrote many things such as "I Hear America Singing", "I Sit and Look Out", "Song of Myself", "Democratic Vistas", "Specimen Days" and more. In one of his poems "I Sit and Look Out", he says "I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame." This is excerpt is when Whitman is observing the society and he judges the society as a society of injustice and sorrow without any sort of proof or evidence. He talks about the injustices in his society, such as a child misusing his mother, a husband having a girlfriend, and a person who shows arrogance towards laborers, and black workers. ...read more.

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People view transcendentalism in many ways, however in my opinion, people still believe in some ideas of transcendentalism but people don't believe in other ideas of transcendentalism. Many people today still believe that we should have our own ideas and we learn from experience, however, the idea of the "society is corruption and materialism is bad" does not exist today anymore. Some people today believe we should not follow others because following others is showing that one does not have their own style and own ideas. For example, we shouldn't wear what other people wear or wear clothes according to fashion; we should wear clothes which we think fits our style. Another example is we should do what we want to do; we should not smoke just because everybody smokes, we should think about how bad it is for us. People also believe that we learn from experience. An example is when we play a sport and when we lose, we know what to improve and that is experience. The next time we play, we could play a lot better. ...read more.

Conclusion

This excerpt is trying to show that people can be alone and isolated physically, but when people have similar ideas, their minds will always be closer than ever. And according to transcendentalism, people should be isolated from the society because it is corruption and people should rather be alone to meditate for more knowledge. Some ideas of transcendentalism still exist today. Like I said before, people today believe we should not follow others because following others is showing that one does not have their own style and own ideas. And also, people believe that we learn from experience. But people don't think society is corruption anymore because it isn't and we are all involved in a society. In conclusion, transcendentalism was created because the transcendentalists believed that they should have had the freedom to do whatever they what as long it doesn't infringe the freedom of others. Today, it is almost impossible to avoid doing something which does not infringe the freedom of others. However, we have found other ways make up for that and societies are not corrupting. We should have our own ideas and let our ideas guide us to where we want to be. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lincoln Wang Dec 14, 08 Block 2 & 6 Combo ...read more.

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