Transcendentalism Essay

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Transcendentalism has commenced in movies, television shows, music, poetry, politics and all other pop-culture items. Man, God and nature are all beings that are connected though the universe as well as spirit. To know God is to know yourself and to know nature is to know yourself as well. Everything in the world is connected though each other. The idea of pop- culture seems to demonstrate the ideals of transcendentalism. Music seems to connect to people more than anything else. The messages that songs send to listeners impact their lives and opinions differently. The song “I Believe I can Fly” by R. Kelly expresses the elements of transcendentalism throughout the lyrics. This piece shows that the connection between man and nature is natural and unbreakable, The reliance on the self for improvement, and the need to remove the self from the distractions of owning possessions.

Transcendentalism is based on the connection among Man, Nature, and God. It shows that the connection between these beings are natural and unbreakable. “I Believe I can Fly” is an example of this unbreakable bond. “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky”(line 7-8) The repetition in this line expresses that the physical or spiritual emotion that one has received is making one feel as if they are capable of doing anything, even doing something impossible such as flying. Man is connected through nature by feeling and emotion as well as love and affection. The main aspect of these two beings being connected is the main idea of transcendentalism.

Putting yourself before others is an important tactic that not many people demonstrate in their everyday lives. Many people rely on others to get them through things that they are very well capable of doing on their own, but they choose not to. To choose not to do something on your own is the idea of laziness at it’s finest. The reliance on oneself for improvement is an idea that can be expressed through an independent individual....
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