By: Jerred Morrison
Transcendentalism is a belief that "the most fundamental truths about life and death can be reached only by going beyond the world of the senses." The three main characteristics of Transcendentalism are: love of nature, a yearning and understanding to better yourself, and to appreciate the simple things that life has to offer. Also Transcendentalists believe in intellectual independence and nonconformity.
A true transcendentalist does not believe in any personal God, but believed that God was in all living things. The writers Emerson and Thoreau were very well known transcendentalists, and made their beliefs renowned in their works "Nature," "Self-Reliance," and "Walden." Transcendentalism can be broken down into three important characteristics. It can be described as a love for nature, a yearning and understanding for personal growth, and a value for contentment and simplicity.
The song "Say" (by John Mayer) has a lyric that says "Say what you need to say." It tells us as humans to think for ourselves and and not to follow the crowd, to be intellectually independent and not to worry about what the world thinks about us. Another lyric in the song is "Even if your hands are shakin', and your faith is broken, even as the eyes are closin', do it with a heart wide open." This means if you truly believe that what you think is right, do it with all your heart and don't hold back.
John Mayer, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman all seem to have the same basic belief in life according to the song "Say" and the writings of Thoreau and Whitman. They believe that we should go with our gut and we shouldn't worry about what other people think about it. Everybody has a belief about something and Transcendentalism encourages everyone to strongly pursue their beliefs.