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Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau
Transcript of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau
Primarily a poet
Beliefs of individuality and humanity's spiritual connection to nature and society
Impact on young people of the time "Self-Reliance" Envy
Accepting oneself and one's condition "To be great is to be misunderstood" Ellen Louisa Tucke Nature and man must live in harmony Over-Soul Self-reliance, wisdom, and independence from society Transcendentalism v Romanticism Knowledge v Emotion Spirituality Nature (1817-1862) rarely followed rules
objection to corporal punishment
tested Transcendentalist philosophy through personal experience
Explored and wrote about spiritual relationship between humanity and nature
Walden Pond Civil Disobedience resist governmental policies with which you disagree
Government does not achieve; it simply stays out of the way while man does
Man should voice what government they willingly follow so we can aim for that