Compare and Constrast Essay on Transcendentalism

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Transcendentalism is the philosophy that reality cannot be known and the

divine is the guiding principle in man. Transcendentalism says that the way

to god is through yourself; your inner thoughts lead you to a spiritual

reality. Transcendentalism is made up of four main ideas: idealism,

optimism, religion, and individualism. In Emerson's essay "Self Reliance,"

he expresses his optimistic faith in the power of individual achievement and

originality. He also considered the overarching need to discover and develop

a relationship with nature and with god. I agree with Emerson's ideas that

"envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide," "that whoso would be a man must be

a nonconformist," and "a man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart

into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise,

shall give him no peace."

I agree with Emerson's idea that "envy is ignorance; imitation is

suicide." This means that you should be yourself and not try to be like

someone who you are not. Envying someone else for what they are wearing is

just plain out being ignorant; imitating someone is killing your

individualism. You need to do things for yourself and not for anyone else.

For example, one time I was talking to this kid who had those big raver pants

on, he said he hated wearing them, so I asked him why he was wearing them and

he said that he was going to a rave that night and he just wanted to fit in

with all the people there. He was imitating other people who go to raves

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