My Definition of Transcendentalism

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My Definition: Transcendentalism I would define transcendentalism as an overwhelming sense of being independent, by practicing free thought, not being influenced by anything or anybody to make your own decisions, and the serenity of nature being a divine presence in your spiritual well-being. A person who is transcendental should be able to awaken every morning and look outside and see past the everyday outside objects such as the trees or the clouds. This person should be able to feel the calmness and peace that these simple wonders provide. It is almost a curiosity that the observer should experience, with losing themselves in such magnificent elements. When Ralph Waldo Emerson observed nature, he states that, “nothing can befall him in life, no disgrace or calamity, when he is observing nature.” He is speaking of almost being absorbed into nature and becoming a part of it. Emerson appreciated the beauty of nature and explored it for an explanation of his identity by becoming spiritual. Nature teaches us the beauty in everything, by helping us appreciate every simple thing in life such as a shell or an acorn, it can help us embrace life and live it to the fullest. Nature is also medicinal and restores a serene tone and replaces emotions of rage with an eternal calm. Emerson once also stated that, “for nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.” This quote expresses the importance of individuality in transcendentalism and not being influence by anything or anybody to make decisions. It is so important and vital that you should have free thought. You should never adjust your beliefs to other peoples if you do not agree. “What I must do is all the concerns me, not what the people think.” Emerson also stated this when referring to individuality and free thought. You should never let people make your own choices and stop you from
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