Transcendentalism 3


"We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men" As Ralph Waldo Emerson concluded his lecture at Harvard in 1837, he issued this challenge to all men, arguing for a new American culture, freed from European bondage and for the rebirth of an intellectual and artistic life that the society had previously lost. This renaissance was what would become known as modern transcendentalism: a complex, multi-faceted philosophy. Decades before, America had won its political independence, and unlike any European style, ...

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of the period. Transcendentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau preached beliefs in self-reliance, non-conformity, and in the Over-Soul.
Ralph Waldo Emerson greatly accepted the concept of self-reliance, which is the dependence on one's own judgments, powers, or resources, rather than those of others. Emerson focused on this topic in one of his essays. “There is a time in every man’s education when he [learns that] … no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till” (Self-Reliance 24). This quote sums up the fact that that nothing in life comes without some effort—each person must work hard to achieve his/her goals. The following excerpt shows how a truly self-reliant person should only consider his what he earns through hard work:
[A] cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property, ashamed of what he has, if he see that it is accidental,-- came to ...

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