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"My greatest skill in life has been to want but little" -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"Confucius said, 'To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Steve Jobs ' Take on Simplified Life
Stephen Hawking's Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking is a physicist who has since studied time and why the universe exists. He once said, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.” This gives way to intuition rather than reason. God cannot be explained; it is only a theory, like the creation of the universe and the universe itself, it is only conceivable out of insight. To make these sort of claims, a sort of premonition is needed, like Mr. Hawking possesses. In 2002, Hawking published his book, "The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe" expressing his intricate theories about the past and current. In 2004, he announced his solving of Black Hole Paradox, conveying that black holes do not destroy but allowed information to escape from within them.
This goes right along with transcendental ideals of God and predestination.
Steve Jobs built a a company based on its principles, where elaborate business ethics were not accepted. Steve's strive for simplicity was reflected in his work and lifestyle. With the ideal of "less is more" in the back of his mind, he created the first Macintosh computer. Their simplicity was only a mere scratch at the surface of his ideas of sophistication. The last Apple product released before his death in 2011, the iPhone 4S demonstrated their need for a clean, non-complex operating system.
This idea of uncomplicated and straightforward directly correlates with transcendental ideals of simplicity. Steve's designs and minimalistic lifestyle coincide with these beliefs.
Into The Wild is a movie about Christopher McCandless, who ventures into the wilderness to become one with himself and the elements. In the film, he says, "You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us." This really resonates with the transcendental ideas of being in touch with nature and appreciating it. In the movie, he gives up all of his possessions, donates his trust fund to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska. His choices reflect how someone like Thoreau or Emerson would approach a rough patch or rut in life.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
"Insist on yourself; never imitate"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Oprah Winfrey's Success Story
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a pastor from Denver, Colorado, who founded the House for All Sinners and Saints. She was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home where women were not allowed to be elders, preachers, or ushers, and forbidden to teach men. It also prohibited drinking, swearing, and dancing. As an early adult, she decided to dyed her hair purple, got tattooed, snorted cocaine, and drank constantly. Nadia realized if she didn't quit her habits soon she would be dead and entered a 12-step program. During this time of recovery, she fell in love with Lutheran liturgy and a Lutheran seminarian named Matthew Weber, whom she married. She realized her calling was also with the church and decided to start one of her own, where people of all types could come to worship. In 2007, her church took off and in 2008 she was ordained.
Nadia represents all that nonconformity stands for; be your own person, and do not give in to social norms. Her influence on her followers is not the typical pastor. Being covered in biblical tattoos and giving sermons in a tank top and skinny jeans does not simply cut it for Nadia. Her sermons are about being yourself and being in touch with God on your own terms, not how someone tells you you should be. Her message is as unique as she is and tells a tale of originality in its truest form.
Not everyone has a easy beginning. Oprah Winfrey has a first-hand account of this. Born to a teen mom without anyone to help raise young Oprah. Her rough start did not end there, she was raped, became pregnant, and was a runaway all before she even turned 15. Yet, she was one of the top students in her classes; even winning the title of "Miss Black Tennessee" when she was 17. She got a job at a radio station while she was still in school. Pursuing her passion for being a voice to the people, she landed a position to co-anchor on her local news station by 19. In 1986, Oprah received her own primetime show where she could interview fellow celebrities and talk about current events freely. In 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network was released. Oprah said, "My goal in life is to live out the truest expression of myself as a human being." [About the release of her network]
Her ambitions and accomplishments only prove her self-reliance. This transcendentalist ideal of being your own person and not depending on others for success shows through. Her wealth has been solely made by Oprah and no one else. She had no help getting onto a radio station when she was 17 or being a co-anchor on the news station at 19; Oprah cut out this path for herself and has followed it all the way to its end, where she was rewarded for her hardwork.
Nadia Bolz-Weber:

Weber, Nadia B. "Welcome - Nadia Bolz-Weber." Nadia Bolz-Weber. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.

"Bolz-Weber's Liberal, Foulmouthed Articulation of Christianity Speaks to Fed-up Believers." Washington Post.
The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.

Steve Jobs:

"Steve Jobs' Last Big Project: The next IPhone - CNET." CNET. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.

"History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian." History, Travel, Arts, Science, People,
Places | Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Stephen Hawking:

"Reasons To Believe : Intuitive Knowledge and the Image of God, Part 2 of 4." Reasons To Believe
: Intuitive Knowledge and the Image of God, Part 2 of 4. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.

"Stephen Hawking's Key Discoveries." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2014.

Into The Wild:

Scott, A. O. "Following His Trail to Danger and Joy." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Sept. 2007.
Web. 30 Dec. 2014.

Oprah Winfrey:

"Why Oprah Decided to Start Her OWN Network." Oprah.com. Oprah and the Oprah Winfrey Network, n.d. Web.
31 Dec. 2014.

Emerson and Thoreau Quotes:

"Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes." Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (Author of Self-Reliance and Other Essays). N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2015. <http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12080.Ralph_Waldo_Emerson>.

"Henry David Thoreau Quotes." Henry David Thoreau Quotes (Author of Walden). N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2015. <http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/10264.Henry_David_Thoreau>.
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