The children of this generation often rely too much on technology and not enough on nature and the world around them. There is a distinct separation between people and nature in today’s society. In the passage “The Last Child” by Richard Louv, the warnings and rhetorical strategies of the separation between people and nature come to life. Richard Louv uses three main rhetorical strategies about the separation between people and nature.
Literature Victoria Class One Final Walden, Of Mice and Men, and The Call of the Wild are masterpieces of Transcendentalism, about Existentialism, about Naturalism, and Human Nature. Walden is Thoreau’s self-reflection for spiritual quests while immersing in nature. Through a simplified lifestyle, Thoreau illustrates ideas about individualism versus social existence, self-reliance, and meditations of opposing to Materialism. Of Mice and Men superficially reflects a story that two migrant ranch hands search for job opportunities by moving from place to place. Instead, it portrays an inevitable tragedy of the ending, depending on existentialism.
The True Environment of Technology In todays world the environment has changed, both the physical environment where people live and the environment where people learn. Technology causes people to forget about life outside themselves and confines them to passive activities indoors. This theme comes up in the movie WALL-E when the human race is forced to space because of pollution. In Fahrenheit 451, people spend their days in “parlor rooms” with television screens on all four walls.
The Tiny House Movement is a modern organization that is closely associated with transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the philosophy of fixating chiefly on God, self, and nature. It is the principle of ridding one's life of materialistic things to focus on the importance of life. This fundamental leads to a simplified life, which was one of the main goals of the transcendental movement. Likewise, it is a major goal of living in a tiny house.
Transcendentalism rejoices the simplicity in life, a connection between man and nature, and the power of the individual. This activity relates to Transcendentalism By analyzing this list of luxuries and necessities, I can determine the lack of simplicity in my life. Just by looking at the size of each list, I can see the wants in my life are more than double my needs. My lists do not reflect the ideas of Transcendentalism; the only idea that relates is soccer to the power of the individual. I play soccer because that is the sport that I am good at.
Transcendentalism is a highly competitive world of the market revolution which strongly encouraged the identification of American freedom without any restraints on people who were seeking financial improvement and personal development. It was a world in which regional developments along with the market revolution crushed traditional and social borders. For example moving from one place to another was a common characteristic of the American life. Transcendentalism believed in individual judgment over existing social traditions and institutions.
In Loring’s article "The Scarlet Letter and Transcendentalism,” the stories of the characters from "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne are used to present the main point. Specifically, that to follow rules made by society you have to deny your own wants and needs. To do this you must harden yourself to the world, which is shown by Loring, to not be beneficial in any way. Loring’s first point about society, Puritan society especially, is that it does not value of encourage human desires.
Christopher McCandless, a 29-year-old dreamer, went on the journey of a lifetime to involve himself with nature and being truly independent. He had lived a life of privilege, made amazing grades in school, and even went to school at Emory College, getting degrees in both history and anthropology. Even though he seemed to have everything good going for him, it’s not the life he wanted. McCandless decides after law school to go deep into the “wild”, with no map, no resources. All he kept was a small journal and camera in which he captured and recorded all of his experiences in, allowing people for the rest of time to read and learn about his journey in his book titled Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer.
Transcendentalism should be taught in high school, as it is a good catalyst for free thought, and can help one be successful in future corporate opportunities.. High schools should teach transcendentalist, if only to encourage the power of the self. In the movie “Dead Poet’s Society,” Mr. Keating gives the gift of individualism to the boys at a conservative prep school. Due to this, many of the boys blossom, emerging from their shells. The boys finally learn their own interests, and invest in themselves, something that is not encouraged at the school.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a lecturer and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement in the nineteenth century, once stated, “Great souls are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.” In the movie I Am, written and directed by Tom Shadyac, he poses two questions. These questions address the problem with human nature and how we as a society can attempt to fix it. Society’s difficulties are greed and not realizing an individual’s true meaning because it focuses too much on materialism and immediate satisfaction. Shadyac’s major themes of man’s search for happiness, greed, and the nature of man in relation to man’s meaning, purpose, and end, and happiness will aid in answering the questions that he poses.