Transcendentalism Research Paper

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Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is defined as “a philosophy which says that thought and spiritual things are more real than ordinary human experience and material things”(Merriam-Webster). I personally believe that transcendentalism is a lifestyle that I would be willing to live. Transcendentalism illustrates the importance of individuality. The philosophy also embodies the importance of nature and the mind. In my personal opinion, transcendentalism is an ideal way to live. The idea of individuality and the importance of the individual mind, obtained my attention, because I am a highly unique and individual person myself. “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist,” (Applebee). In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “Self Reliance” A nonconformist…show more content…
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”(goodreads) There is nothing that is more important than the honesty of your own mind. The mind is a precious part of the body that is responsible for all greatness in the world. It should not be corrupted by a society and the organized groups within it. One mind is best when working by itself. Transcendentalists see nature as something that’s highly important. “Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of it’s plain.” (Brainyquote). We should examine nature in the finer details and appreciate them. We should observe the wonders of nature, see the microscopic bugs and count leaves on the trees. I personally obtain happiness from being in nature, and believe that if everyone took time to venture out to get away from society for awhile, they would too. The beauty of nature is enough to make all of your problems go away. The values of individuality, the mind, and nature are a few transcendental ideals I can side with. Transcendentalism is more about spirituality than it is about material items and services. I am certain that if I could live any lifestyle in the world, it would be a transcendentalist
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