Transcendentalism Pop Culture Project Daniel Cortez


“Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance"

On April 29, 2010 Eminem released his single "Not Afraid" .Although he was white he still tried to rap and rap was considered an African-american thing, so people disapproved of him and he never stopped raping because of the disapproval. The quote from Self-Reliance connects to Eminem because he was also misunderstood.

Importance of Nature

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

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Avatar by James Cameron is a great example to the importance of nature. Avatar really perfects the importance of nature where the avatars live and connect to nature. Avatar talks about the importance of the energy and how it just overwhelmingly surrounds their ecosystem.

Simplified Life

“Live your life. Do your work. Then take your hat.” -”Conscience”, Henry David Thoreau

A documentary released in December of 2012, created by Joey L. It captures wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation and living a complete simplified life. Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. The men who transformed into Sadhus bring only peace and enlightenment to the people around him. They only wear the clothes on their backs and eat what ever is found.

self reliance

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.” - self reliance

Virologist Robert Neville lives alone in New York City, which has been decimated by a man-made virus originally created to cure cancer. Immune to the disease, he works to create a remedy while defending himself against the mutated creatures created by the virus. The movie "I Am Legend" is the perfect example of self reliance, Robert played by Will Smith has to rely on himself to stay alive in a world he used to call home.

Favoring Intuition over Reason

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.” (“Self-Reliance” Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Goku is the perfect example of intuition over reason. Goku is a sayan who battles anything who can fight. There is no limit to this guy he battles monsters,evil itself and even gods. He doesn't use his mind when he is in battle with anybody powerful. Its his instincts that guid him through the whole battle if he thinks hes gonna lose he'll just try to prove himself wrong and go with his gut feeling.


Created with images by esiul - "plant nature live" • newsanek - "sunset scenery landscape" • dimitrisvetsikas1969 - "branch sunset nature" • Debs (ò‿ó)♪ - "Primary M&Ms" • familymwr - "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Night Vision"

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