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Transcendentalism in Pop Culture

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Sarah Banasiak

on 25 September 2014

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Transcript of Transcendentalism in Pop Culture

The Over-Soul
"The Lion King"
Simplified Life
Intro to Transcendentalism
Transcendentalism in Pop Culture
By Taylor Ellis and Sarah Banasiak

Example from Emerson
"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reverence for Nature
"Stronger"-Kelly Clarkson
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone
Example from "Stronger"
These quotes are both based on the idea that one must rely on himself or herself before others.
One does not need to depend on others for his or her success
If one trusts thyself, he or she can be truly be content in whatever he or she chooses to do in life.
In "Stronger" Kelly Clarkson shows independence by saying "Just me, myself, and I."
She also explains that even when she is alone she does not feel lonely because she has herself to rely on.
An intellectual movement founded by Emerson
Nature, humanity, and God are united in a shared universal soul, or over soul
The three main principles of transcendentalism:
An appreciation for the wonders of nature

These examples from popculture connect to the ideas of transcendentalism in many ways.
As one can see, examples of non-conformity, self-reliance, reverence for nature, the over-soul, and simplified life can be found in every day life.
"In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life--no disgrace, no calamity, which nature cannot repair."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the movie "Avatar" the tree is considered sacred to the people.
The tree protects the balance of life.
They had a lot of respect for their land and their nature.
They believe they must become part of nature.
They use nature for their survivial.
"Simplicity, simplicity,simplicity!"

"Our life is frittered away by detail."
-Henry David Thoreau
People focus too much on material things that do not really matter.
All the little details are nothing compared to the whole picture.
Shrek lives in a swamp in the middle of a forest and does not care what it looks like.
He is content with the simplified life he lives.
"I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson is saying that he is one with that "universal life force" he calls God.
Emerson wants to let the readers know that people are part of something bigger, a design purposely made by God to incorporate all things and creatures in this world.
In "The Lion King" pride rock is where all the animals of the kingdom honor the king
Pride rock brings everyone together as a whole. community representing the over-soul.
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