Transcendentalism Pop Culture Project by: Samar Alamo


“ Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members… Self-Reliance is its aversion.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance"

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 and has been an athlete his whole life. In the 2013 movie 42 it shows the notorious color discrimination by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was facing racism from not just people but from the players as well, Robinson is considered a vocal civil rights activist.

Jackie Robinson did his own thing even though people were trying to take him down the whole time. His courage and moral objection to segregation were precursors to the impact Robinson would have in major league baseball.

He went against the mainstream culture at that time, which eventually led to him being the first African American baseball player in the MLB. By doing this Robinson broke the color barrier and ended up winning the World Serioes in 1955. Robinson is considered a vocal civil rights activist. He also demonstrates nonconformity by not reacting to it and letting his unquestionable talent do it for him.

Importance of Nature

“Though it is now dark, the wind still blows and roars in the wood… and the repose is never complete. The wildest animals do not repose, but seek their prey now…”

- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

In the 2008 Pixar movie, the setting takes place in the future where earth has become inhabitable because of the pollution and other environmentally damaging waste humans emit in the present.

The movie starts off with showing how bad the wold would look like without any kind of nature, just piles of waste. The viewers get concerned from this realization of how us humans could destroy Earth.

This movie shows how we wouldnt be able to survive and how terrible the world would be without nature because were so dependent on it. The world would get worse and worse without nature as shown in this pixar movie.

Self Reliance

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "

Beyonce released her sixth studio album "Lemonade" in 2016. The album and visual is a storyline of Beyonce's realization then coming to terms and forgiving her husband for cheating.

The albums third track "Don't Hurt Yourself" is about empowerment, realizing your self worth, forgiveness, and most importantly self reliance. she expresses her independence in the line " Got a bigger smile on my face, being alone." This line shows her self reliance by showing how she can be happier being on her own.

"Dont Hurt Yourself" is a powerful song with a message behind it just like all the others on the album. This track features Jack White who sings the chores that points out the negative actions you do or say are a reflection of yourself.

Favoring Intuition over Reason

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

In the 2008 film Avatar, the blue people live off of nature. They use nature for everything they do in life, where as the humans on the same planet are money driven and destroy nature because they think they have no use for its natural resources.

In The movie an ex- marine ends up on this kind of alien planet as an Avatar. He doesn't know what to do when he's trying to fight to live but the humans attack the world for their own reason rather than whats right.

Simplified Life

“ That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

Each track on Lorde's 2013 album "Pure Heroine" contains its own semi fantasy setting. While the song "Royals" has many lyrics that show the importance of simplicity.

The line "We don't care were driving Cadillacs in our dreams" shows how she is uninterested in material items and them only dreaming of living this life with all these high end possessions is enough for them. Also the line "We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair." Again this is showing their lack of interest in material items and popular things.


Created with images by ChrisA1995 - "Nature" • familymwr - "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Night Vision" • GollyGforce - Living My Worst Nightmare - "Under the Surface of G" • Hans - "tulips flowers flower abundance"

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