Transcendental Pop Culture Project by eric carrillo

Nonconformity “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Always gonn be someone that’s badder out there on the tours, but you aint ever gonn be happy till you love yours” This quote is from a song by J. Cole. The song is expressing the importance of loving oneself. No one can make it in life happy unless they are happy with themselves. Be yourself, not what others want you to be.
Self- Reliance “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
A song called Too Many Years by Kodak Black is a song that can be based on Self Reliance. In this song Kodak express’ he has done things for people that don’t matter and has wasted time he can’t get back. He needs to love himself.
Importance of Nature “How important is a constant intercourse with nature and the contemplation of natural phenomena to the preservation of moral and intellectual health! The discipline of the schools or of business can never impart such serenity to the mind.” -Henry David Thoreau
Harrison Ford is the vice chair of Conservation International. Harrison saw the importance in nature and realized something needed to be done to bring awareness. The whole point is that nature does not need humans, we need nature. Nature can and will survive without us.
Favoring Intuition over Reason “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau
Dr. Dre did what many transcendentalists preach about. Dr. Dre dropped out of school at the year of 1979 to continue his music career. Dr. Dre believed in himself when not many did and he made it huge. Dr. Dre is an example of favoring intuition over reason.
Simplified Life “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Kendrick Lamar was awarded the generational icon award in 2015 for being inspirational, but for also being very truthful in what society has become. He knows that there is cracks in his city, but he tries to fix them by exposing them with the truth. He also gives up much his money to the kids and to charity of his city. He is not materialistic.


Created with images by alaskcopalians - "birch trees creamers field fairbanks" • Paxson Woelber - "Crow Peak summit. Chugach Mountains, Alaska" • familymwr - "Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest 110311" • familymwr - "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Night Vision" • familymwr - "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Canal Path #2" • Rodrigo_Soldon - "Parque Ibirapuera" • mypubliclands - "Vermillion Cliffs NM" • Ian Livesey - "Derwent Water [EXPLORED]" • Hubble Space Telescope / ESA - "Don't trust your eyes" • Christopher.Michel - "The Simple Life" • EWatson92 - "Kendrick Lamar 6"

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