Transcendentalism Pop Culture Project Isaac contreras


“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes…” Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, became pope in February of 2013. He broke traditions immediately by choosing a name not before chosen, being simply dressed, and deciding not to live in the Papal apartments. As a result of these actions, the media had the impression that a new church was coming. Society has been asking the Catholic church for years to change its position on numerous subjects, such as divorce,, abortion, women priests, and gay marriage. The media thought that with this independent minded pope, they would have the change that society has been looking for. They misinterpreted his pastorial gifts to the church as a breaking away. However, Pope Francis continues the church's teachings and will not conform to the demands of society.


" society everywhere is a conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. self-reliance is its aversion. " Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson

wall-e 2008, a Pixar favorite, is a futuristic waste allocator load lifter- Earth class robot, who was left to clean up earth after it was overrun by garbage. Years pass by, and Wall-e is the last remaining robot on earth. Through self-reliance, he is able to transform his transport vehicle into his own little world. There he was entertainment, spare parts, lighting, shelter, and can house his pet cockroach in a twinkle. He is able to find use in objects that people have thrown away. Because of this, he able to take care of himself, his pet, a plant he found, and visiting robot named EVE, which leads him on an adventure. On this trip he continues to use his self-reliance and as a result helps return humanity back to earth.

Importance of nature

" The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common"-"Nature," Ralph Waldo Emerson

Steve Irwin is a late animal explorer who had explored the wilderness throughout the world, not knowing really what he would find, but hoping he would find a particular animal, or crocodile. When he would find these animals he would use his expertise to hold it, and give the audience an up close view. He would use his expertise to hold it, and give the audience an up close view. He explained with enthusiasm the beauty of every animal he found and the importance of them being in the wilderness. He helped to the appreciation of wildlife into everyday homes.

Favoring Intuition of Nature

" trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string"-self Reliance", Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elan musk is the current CEO and founder of Tesia Motors Inc. and SpaceX. He is often compared to Steve jobs as having disrupted industries by creating innovative Technologies. His first business venture was Zip2, which was a newspaper city guide publishing company. Soon the company was bought from musk, and he went on to start another business. He's second business, named PayPal, was much more successful than his first. PayPal was a company that revolutionized person to person financial transactions, I having them able to be done online. Even with the success of his company he left it to make an aerospace company named spaceX, his most popular company, Tesla motors, which manufactures practical electric cars. Reason would have told Musk to stay at PayPal for the job security. However, he left and started another business, provided to be more fruitful than the last. 

Simplified Life

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

Tim Tebow is a former NFL quarterback Who made his fame with the wins at the University of Florida, and "Tebowing", which is coined from the position he assumes while praying. Tebow is a celebrity, but still remains humble, and places his family first. When Tebow was in college, he won the Heisman Trophy, Which he humbly took, but placed in his back room, because he did not seek, nor need the glory. Later in his career, he signed a multi million five-year contract with the Denver Broncos as a first round draft pick. However a couple of years later he found himself as a free agent but still receiving some of his contract. Although he had an excessive amount of money from the contract, he was still living in a two bedroom condo that he shared with his brother. With these actions, Tebow demonstrates his simplified life by staying away from the glory of society, living his life humbly with his family.


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