Explain A Component Of One Of The Subjects That You Study

T.H. Lu Diary

2017. Nov, 21st

Thoreau? Emerson? Transcendentalism? What are they about? This semester, I found the topic of “transcendentalism” difficult for me to understand. The textbook says, “Transcendentalism is an intellectual movement that emphasized the dignity of the individual and advocates a simple, mindful life.” But what is that all about? The textbook didn’t really help me understand “transcendentalism.” It’s still Greek to me!

To understand more about transcendentalism, I looked it up on the web. First of all, it is extreme romanticism where people think everyone has a piece of God. Secondly, transcendentalists believed that concrete things are not perfect. Thirdly, it emphasizes Individualism (just like Romanticism does). Next, transcendentalists believed that people are naturally good. Finally, it had an impact on anti-slavery and women movements during the 19th century.

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind,” written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Self-Reliance. 

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