Transcendentalism Pop Cultural Project By ALONDRA CUEVAS


“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".

Angelina Jolie, 2014

In 2014, Angelina Jolie got married to Brad Pitt, she wore a veil and dress covered in an many drawings created by her children. Her unique gown was designed by Atelier Versace master tailor Luigi Massi, a close friend of hers. She stated, “He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.” The silk, white dress had a variety of her kids’ drawings hand-sewn onto both the back of the dress and the full-length veil. On August 23 ceremony took place at the chapel of Château Miraval and was attended by just 20 friends and family members. Each of her six kids has specific roles to do which included, walking Angelina down the aisle, being a flower girl, and even baking the cake. The groom, Brad Pitt, wore a suit from his closet with a tie borrowed from one of his sons because he forgot to pack his.

In Thoreau's quote, he writes about the pureness of being different from the typical standards. He thinks everyone is entitled to their own opinions and desires. Angelina's and Brad's wedding was definitely not extravagant as people would imagine, however they prove that being unique and simplistic will still accomplish happiness.


“ 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. It is a deliverance which does not deliver."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance".

Caitlyn Jenner, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner, who was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, was a gold medal-winning Olympian in the summer of 1976. He became a reality TV star in 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and was married to Kris Jenner for 23 years but recently divorced in 2014. Throughout his life he'd always felt that something was off. This was unsettling to him until he decided that enough was enough. In 2015, Bruce Jenner revealed that she is transgender and has become a woman, now known as Caitlyn. He was interviewed by Diane Sawyer, where he revealed his deepest emotions and thoughts about the next chapter in his life. Jenner later wrote on social media, “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.”

In Emerson's quote, self-reliance is essential to living a happy, fulfilled life. Being true to yourself and accepting any differences is the most important aspect of life and will allow you to live peacefully. Caitlyn Jenner has set an amazing example to her fans and followers. She has paved the way for many other people going through similar situations and is leading the way on how to accomplish your true goals to being the best possible form of yourself. This shows many people throughout the world that being true to yourself is obtainable.

Importance of Nature

“In the woods we return to reason and faith. Their I feel that nothing can befall me in life -no disgrace, no calamity…”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature".

Leonardo DiCaprio, 2007

When winning his first Oscar in 2016, he used his acceptance speech to push a positive enviornmental eforrt and support leaders willing to take action against climate change. “Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” DeCaprio said. Over the last few years, DiCaprio has donated his earnings, which was at least $30m in funding according to his foundation. He also founded his Leonardo DeCaprio Foundation in 1998 to help advance the United Nations climate negotiations, protect coral reefs and tigers, and spread public awareness about the dangers of climate change. Since 2014, the actor has become an important figure at events and in society that is focused on global challenges and could possibly encourage others to make the same commitment.

This quote from Emerson suites DiCaprio for his love and importance to nature. DiCaprio is aware of how delicate our environment is and wants to set a good example to his fans. With all his efforts and accomplishments, he has demonstrated that helping earths climate can help not only the environment but also helping yourself by discovering the person you truly are.

Intuition Over Reason

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think. This rule,equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance".

Beyoncé Knowles, 2013

On December 13, 2013, Beyone released a simultaneous audio-visual album with 14 songs and 17 videos. The album is dark with some feminist views that include relationship issues. While recording the album she maintained the songs and videos in strict secrecy as she devised an unexpected release which will later shock her fans. This was never heard of before and many producers warned her about the possible failures this risk could bring. Despite all the comments, Beyonce decided to follow through with her decision and release the album without notice. It was released to iTunes and was debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album in the country. She sold 617,000 copies in the US, and 828,773 copies worldwide in just the first three days. It has sold 10 million copies worldwide as of November 2016 and overall became extremely successful.

If it were not for Beyonce's courageous acts, she would have never gotten all the success she received from the album. As Emerson's quote explains, following your intuition will pay off in the long run and bring you many new opportunities. 4 years later, her album is still extremely popular and has still continued to flourish for both music and Beyonce lovers.

Simplified Life

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

-Henry David Thoreau.

Jennifer Lawrence, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence is a multi-Oscar winning actress, who is extremely humble and despises the idea of excessive living conditions. She personally thinks that living in a big mansion all by herself can get lonely, therefor she lives with her parents in their condo. She has not let the fame change who she is and alter her simplistic lifestyle too much. Unlike other well-known celebrities, she has no personal assistant or shopper to run her errands. She is also driving either her old Volkswagen or her recently bought Chevy Volt, which again is not typical for a billion dollar earning actress. She also confessed that she tries to stay away from extremely high-end stores and likes a good bargain.

A simplified life has allowed people to stay humble and positive. Thoreau thought that it was extremely unnecessary to live lavish lives filled with pointless expenses. Jennifer has also proven to agree with the same opinion and has showed that luxury is not all that matters.


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