Transcendentalism Pop Culture Project BY Emily.L


"Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?... Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow." -Walden, Henry David Thoreau

“Come As You Are” by Yuna"Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late" is the lyrics of “Come As You Are” .

These sentences tell us that our life is ours, we don't have to make different if someone else tell us to do so. And life is hard, even life's hare but we still can have our own opinions for our-self.

It reminds me of some Asian parents wants their children to be the best, so they will discipline them no matter grades, etiquette, instrument..., if they don's do it right, or they don't do it grate, parent will have punishment.

In " Come As Your Are", writer trying to let the listener know we are individual we don't have to fear or care someone in our life tell us how to doing "their" life.

Self- Reliance

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

" Your Number is One" by Henry Rollins. "Your number is one, you are undivided."

Is the lyrics of "Your Number is One", are telling us we are one, we are individual, we can only trust ourselves, and we are the only one and the most special one in the world.

Live our life, we are the only person know what we are thinking about, somethings other people has some suggestions for us, which is not bad, but believe in ourselves are more correct.

Importance of Nature

" In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life is always a child."

Green River by Creedence Clearwater " Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh.Let me remember things I love."

In this song, appear lots of things about loving natural. Singing about what they did in the outside, and how nice and lovely is on the natural.

They felt in the natural just like when they were young, when they were child, reminds of me that the natural are always protest us, but people just keep destroy the earth.

We should all respect the place that we live, we should protest Earth back, that we can still have a safe pale to live, and have a safe place for our child to live.

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 when he hears, however measured or far away." '- Walden, Henry Thoreau.

" Intuition" by John Lennon "I use my intuition, it takes me for a ride"

In this song, John Lennon use very strong words to tell us that intuition rather than logic, like: " intuition take me everywhere".

Some people believe in their intuition, and choice the correct one, maybe that choice make his life better, successful. But some people make a opposite choice that his intuition tell him to choose, and he lose the chance. I think intuition is half premonition; half luck. Intuition can't make everything come true, can't make everything success without strive, but it just a luck.

Simplified Life

" Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" - Walden , Henry David Thoreau.

"No Surprises" by Radio head " No alarms and no surprises. Silent, silent"

In these two sentences we can see they just want the simple life, they don't want other people to bother them, even it's the daily, the things they have to do, but they just don't want to let the life bother their life.

Some people said that: "Everyday is a new day; we have new challenges everyday, so be excited for everyday". But if everyday have the same daily, have to do the exactly same thing as yesterday, I'm pretty sure we'll feel tedious, I think that's what Radio Head try to let the listeners understand.


Created with images by esiul - "plant nature live" • nazzen - "yunalis zarai =)" • Lel4nd - "Believe" • ShannonMwipata - "- Natural" • zeevveez - "מים מסמלים רגשות" • mozlase__ - "still life school retro"

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