Transcendentalism Evidence on Nature

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Transcendentalism Evidence on “Nature” Transcendentalism is a type of writing or philosophy that was created around the 1830’s after some people felt at odd ends with the dominant religion. The main beliefs was that God, Nature, and Man are all considered equal. The individual was stronger than many originally thought yet it took time for Man to achieve their greatness. “Nature” a short piece by Ralph Waldo Emerson, has many components of a Transcendentalism piece of it’s time because it talked about self reflection, the Oversoul, and Nature. To being with, one of the main ideas in Transcendentalism was the idea of self reflection and meditation. Man can only become the best it could be after one was cut off from society and left alone for some time. “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society,” (Emerson 1). Being alone in a room or area is not good enough for a man to self reflect. A person must be as far away from work and daily life, somewhere far remote, for meditation to even begin. However, just because one is cut off from society does not mean nothing can be learned. “But if a man were alone, let him look at the stars,” (2) The human senses and brain are best brought out when in complete solitude. By being in solitude, a man can notice the surroundings more and learn from it while not being distracted by society in any way. Houser 2 Secondly, each person is given a conscious and therefore the power to believe or not believe in any God or religion. The Universe is infinite in capacity and is only cut short if one believes it is or tries to cut it. However, a man is connected to the Universe as is Nature and God. “The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” Emerson writes how the Universe is not just one thing. It is made up of many smaller objects and together these
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