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Transcendentalism in Modern Society

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Christopher Day

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of Transcendentalism in Modern Society

Even though Transcendentalism is an old literary style, many of the basic philosophies that were the basis of transcendentalism are still around today.
Transcendentalism in Modern Society
Transcendentalism is found in today's modern world. Many examples of transcendentalist ideas are in song lyrics, paintings, newspapers, magazine articles, television shows, TV advertisements, films, poetry, novels, biographies, etc.
Living Authentically
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."-Steve Jobs

Transcendentalism is a literary and philosophical movement based on the idea that a spiritual reality transcends the empirical and scientific.
This movement, also known as the American renaissance, lasted from 1840 to 1860. It focused on the ideals of nature non conformity and individualism.
Modern Society
Basic Philosophies
The basic philosophies of transcendentalism are: nonconformity, self-reliance, confidence, nature, connectedness, living authentically, and many others. These philosophies are found in pop culture.
Nonconformity Comic
Nonconformity is the act of refusing a rule or practice. The above comic shows how Snoopy doesn't obey what Linus told him to do. Linus says "Don't touch the blanket" but Snoopy touches the blanket anyway. Snoopy does what he wants by disobeying Linus, showing nonconformity.
Living Authentically
To live authentically is to be true to yourself.
This quote tells you to live your own life rather than someone else's.
Grantchester Meadows
By Pink Floyd
Grantchester Meadows by Pink Floyd is obviously about nature. There are constant bird songs overlaying vocals singing about Grantchester Meadows.
Transcendental meditation is technique which a person sits comfortably for 20 minutes with their eyes closed. It is meant to allow your mind to settle inward beyond the thought to experience the source of thought. When In This State it is the most silence and peaceful level of consciousness - your inner most self.
Transcendental Meditation
Little Mermaid

In the movie "The Little Mermaid" Ariel wants to live outside of the ocean. Her father preaches about the evils of humanity; but Ariel refuses that humans are evil. Ariel sees the world of humans as a "place full of wonder". Transcendentalists believe that they should have their own opinions and thoughts about things, instead of believing in what other people think. Instead of listening to her father, Ariel thinks as she wants.
Spongebob Video on Nature
The Crossroads
Meeting you at your parent's gate
We will tell you what to do
What you have to do
to survive

Leave the rotten towns
of your father
Leave the poisoned wells
& bloodstained streets
Enter now the sweet forest
~~~Jim Morrison
The television show Spongebob Squarepants contains many of the ideals of transcendentalism. In particular episode, Nature Pants, Spongebob was having a hard time at work, so he then decided to live out in the woods with his jellyfish kin. This idea of abandoning society to be one with nature shows Spongebob's appreciation for nature, which is an important aspect to transcendentalism. Spongebob's rebellion against society also showed his fierce sense of individualism. Another way Spongebob's journey in nature connected to transcendentalism is that he was allowed to live freely and live genuinely while he lived in Jellyfish Fields, which can be connected to Henry David Thoreau's Walden.
This poem, by Jim Morrison of The Doors, is about leaving your home and living on your own.
Works Cited
Morrison, Jim. "The Crossroads." The American Night. New York: Villard, 1990. 64. Print.
Waters, Roger. "Grantchester Meadows." Ummagumma. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd, Norman Smith, 1969. MP3
"Transcendental Meditation®." Meditation Techniques, How to Meditate. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013
"Snoopy Comic Strips." Snoopy Comic Strips. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
Kruse, Kevin. "Top 100 Inspirational Quotes." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 28 May 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2013
The Little Mermaid. Dir. Ron Clements and John Musker. Prod. John Musker and Howard Ashman. Buena Vista Pictures, 1989. Youtube. Web
The Little Mermaid. Dir. Ron Clements and John Musker. Prod. John Musker and Howard Ashman. Buena Vista Pictures, 1989. Youtube. Web
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