Transcendental Pop Culture Project By Nico Van Suchtelen


“The fault-finder find faults even in paradise.’’-Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Filthy Frank Frank is a particular Youtuber whose videos are unorthodox in the sense that it makes him unlike any other big YouTuber's that are on the internet. Frank started out as a rapper but then soon started making videos of him and his friends doing stupid things and pretend that he would have seizures. He would later make a video explaining that he has a disorder that when under high amounts of stress can make him have seizures. Sadly the Internet is not a happy place and that people didn't care about his condition and only wanted him to keep making videos. So he deleted his apology video and kept doing what he does best and kept making videos.

Filthy Frank is a great example of nonconformist ideals. His criticism on the internet has put him on top of YouTube. For example he made a video called "100 Accurate Life Hacks." The point of the video was to show how stupid and dumb videos that show that you can make your life easier in everyday life. In general though he is not scared at all and says whatever he wants and without saying suffering the consequences at all. Frank has put a staple on the Internet for his unique and weird humor and for his criticism on life itself.


“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string”- “Self Reliance”, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Soldier 76 aka Jack Morrison used to be the proud leader of Overwatch until he was betrayed by his best friend. After being scared he become a lone wolf seeking justice and becoming a vigilante. Jack used to be a soldier in the US army with his best friend Gabriel Reyes. When the Ominic Crisis happened, Jack and Reyes joined a special Task Force that would later be named Overwatch. He would become the leader of the organization until he was betrayed by his best friend. However he did not die and would fake his death to become a new man out ashes.

Jack Morrison is a person who only relies on himself to get the job done. He fits the transcendental tenet of Self Reliance. In the animated short titled "Hero" we see 76 trying to take down a group of thugs. However there is a little girl Ally who gets caught up in the middle of all of this. Jack fights the thugs and almost won but he had to save Ally. Although she was saved he saved her from certain death and later will return to his quest of vengeance and peace across the world. But in his way of doing he is no longer the savior or the hero he is now an entirely different man.

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

Ivern Bramblefoot, the Green Father used to be a powerful warrior until he was cursed and become what he is now. A walking tree. Now he roams the forest's of the world bringing life to everywhere he goes and to protect nature of humans and other terror of the world.

Ivern having to be a tree he basically is the embodiment of Importance of nature. His life before had him as a powerful warrior but now he now lives as tree. With this he now lives a new life as a tree which is his redemption in his new life. The quote also fits him because he now lives in the forest making new life as a whole and saving life as well or nature.

Favoring Intuition Over Reason

“That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.” - “Journals 1856,” Henry David Thoreau

Fakker is the best player in the World for League of Legends. His play style makes him very unpredictably and with that makes him dangerous to play against. Fakker started his career back in 2010 when League of Legends was first released. However he would not get his spotlight in fame until the World Championships in 2013 where he lead SKT to victory. He would however not go to the 2014 Championships but would make a comeback and win the 2015 then again in 2016 with a close victory against Samsung Galaxy. Having to win 3 World Championships he is one of the only players to have accomplish this.

Fakker when he plays is a very unique player to when it comes to him playing League. The reason why is because he picks his engagements and baits players to come to him so that he can kill them easily. For example during the Semi-Finals of the 2016 World Championships, he barely survived a 1v2 against the ROX Tigers. If Fakker was to die during this enconter the game would have been over and SKT would have lost the series. However he did not die and by some miracle was able to live. He trusted his gut feeling and could have fought it but he didn't and and not fight at all.

Simplified Life

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

Zenyatta having being a omnic which are robots who are looked bad upon humans, Zenyatta has found his inner self and has gone to a higher place of existence in the world. Having to be discouraged and he found a different path that was not war and violence but a path of peace and harmony. He would save and change the ninja Genji by taking him as a apprentice and showing him that hate and revenge is not the answer to everything.

Since Zenyatta has taken the life of a monk, He does not require or need many worldly things in life. For example he lives a simplified life of solitude that is away from the rest of the world. This is perfect example because Transcendentalist Tenet is that of Simplified Life. Zenyatta if seen by Walt Whitman would be inspired to become Zenyatta since he has become something else altogether.


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