Accelerated English 10A
26 November 2012
Transcendentalism Final Paper
Eras pass, cultural views die out, and society evolves. While this occurs, we still have transcendental views, which are from the mid 1800s, in society whether we realize it or not. Transcendentalism is a group of ideas in literature and philosophy developed in the 1830s and 1840s. It protested against the general state of culture and society. The idea was that spiritual reality transcends the scientific and is knowledgeable through intuition. Transcendentalists were idealistic, optimistic, and believed people already had everything they needed in life. In our culture today transcendental views are still expressed through media like the song “Live Like We’re Dying” Kris Allen, the movie “My Sister’s Keeper,” and the song “You’re Only Human” by Billy Joel.
“Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen is one example of transcendentalism in media today. This song fits transcendentalism because it is all about living everyday like it is our last, so we are sure to live life to its fullest. “Live Like We’re Dying” is rally for people to not waste a minute of their lives and to be productive. Allen writes about how people only have so much time in their lives because they don’t live forever; as humans, who have a limited amount of time, it is necessary to use every second of it without regrets. Allen sings, “So if your life flashed before you, what would you wish you would’ve done… Looking at the hands of time we’ve been given here This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin’ it Every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’ Gotta live like we’re dying” (Allen). This supports Allen’s cry to society that we can all use our time wisely and live like we’re dying (Allen). In the short story “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving the main character, Rip, avoids his life and ends up sleeping away twenty years. Irving writes, “ Foe Rip Van Winkle was old and gray, and twenty summers had passed...