The American Dream of a Transcendentalist

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Transcendentalism is a movement that started in the 1830s with the belief that the most important reality is what is sensed or what is intuitive, rather than what is thought such as scientific knowledge. Simply, transcendentalists view the world a blessing, and that all human beings are considered naturally good. By that said, transcendentalists believe that evil doesn’t have a place in the world, that evil is unrealistic. Transcendentalists also believe that everything has a purpose in life, and that you should trust yourself and your actions more than what science could ever teach you.

Transcendentalists view on god is a bit different than how people today view their god(s). Today, there are many religions that have their own way of viewing or respecting his/her god, but they all have one thing in common. Religions around the world all exist for the purpose of believing in a higher power, and that said power is to be respected. If not respected, there will be consequences to come your way, such as being condemned to hell. Transcendentalists specifically view god as an essence through metamorphosed nature that exists in the world, like a gentle breeze sublimed to pleasure the senses of all. They have faith that people are at their best when truly self reliant and independent. Trust thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string, Self-Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 370). The quote from Emerson simply tells the reader to trust in yourself, for everyone else has the same opportunity to do so, but only the brave will proceed in doing so. Transcendentalists have many values, but their three main values consist of individualism, idealism, and the divinity of nature. According to a transcendentalist, these said values were viewed to be very important at that time, especially when it came to thinking about your American Dream.

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