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Modern Transcendentalists

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Modern Transcendentalists
Self-Reliance
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world…” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler Gregory Okonma aka Tyler, The Creator is a 21 year old rapper that is known for his depth in his rap lyrics and the use of vulgar language to get his point across. Throughout his career he relieved large amounts of criticism for his language in his lyrics and some say its not original. The main issue that caused Tyler the Creator to speak up to the public and explain himself was for his excessive use of homophobic slurs. To MTV Tyler stated ""Well, I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you. If you call me a n*****, I really don't care, but that's just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way; I personally don't give a s***."
"Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagaoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood" -Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"

Nonconformity
Carl Fredricksen
After the death of his beloved wife Ellie Fredricksen, Carl became a completely different person. He pursued a simple dream of going to Paradise Falls in the house that he and his wife built when they first got married. Judging by the fact that he was an old man made others feel skeptical about his humble dream but Carl never gave up. The nurses thought he was crazy when they were going to pick him up to take to the old-people's home!

"Ah, ha ha ha! So long, boys! I'll send you a postcard from Paradise Falls!" - Carl Fredrisksen, movie "Up".
Importance of Nature
"There I feel that nothing can befall me in life - no disgrace, no calamity, which nature cannot repair" - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"
Snoop Lion

The famous rapper/musician known previously as Snoop Dogg became a whole new character after his enlightening trip to Jamaica. Snoop Dogg has always been known for his gangster-style rap music which tend to sound more violent than other form of rap music. After a long time into his career, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion decided to go to Jamaica, explore the wilderness, culture, the people, and most importantly Jamaica's favorite music genre: Rastafari. Although it might sound like a pathetic reason but behind a trip to Jamaica but I believe that Snoop Lion has truly changed after his enlightenment at Jamaica.
Favoring Intuition over Reason
"Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string" - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"
Miley Cyrus
After the VMA Awards Miley Cyrus was always on the headline. Even the people in the corner of America that have no sense of modern music industry have heard of her by now due to her inappropriate yet attention grabbing action. Before becoming skeptical about her decision on stage, one must always consider the fact that she is making money like she never made before. She is basically floating in cash! Some say that her actions were completely unnecessary but from Miley's perspective was it really unnecessary? Her reasoning senses are obviously lacking compared to an average person but I believe her action that followed her intuition was respectable.
Simplified Life
"Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events."" - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"
Snoop Lion
As a youngster, Snoop Lion grew up in the more impoverish area of Long Beach, California. He grew up around gangs, murder, and constant violence. But once he said "If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft." - Snoop Lion. Although this is same rapper as in the previous one, these words in the quote stated above really got to me. It showed that acceptance overall is the greatest decision one can make no matter who and where one is. It also connected to a sense that there is no point of regretting in life, it's about how one makes out of the situation.
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