Transcendentalism Today Though there are many basic premises of transcendentalism, being close to nature seems to be the most practiced still today, yet people never notice the amount of influence of this particular principle. Everyone has a little transcendentalism in him or her, but even those people are wondering how that is even possible. Look at the movies children watch, songs people listen to, and stories that are read.
Transcendentalists are so much more influential than they ever could have thought possible.
Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or a mourning piece” (Emerson 1).
These are the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His words can be found to be a perfect fit for one particular instance in the movie The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. One example would be when Kovu is teaching Kiara to hunt. He tells her to dig her claws through the earth so that she does not make noise. This fits this movie because it shows that Kiara is learning through nature, which represents the “mourning piece” (Emerson 1).
She has to be completely focused through nature in order to be focused on her developing skills. It also goes to show that she has to transcend with the earth in order for her to know how to hunt. “The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable” (Emerson 1). Here, Emerson is saying that nature provides food for people, hence the fact that people should be grateful for it and learn from it. When life gives lemons, eat them. Kiara is simply learning through nature on how to hunt.
Throughout this same movie, there is the song “We Are One. ” Its transcendentalistic ways show how everything is the same, or connected to the over-soul. If everyone learns through nature, then everyone is connected through the over-soul. Nature completes the human society. “The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour…” (Emerson 1). In the book Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver, a young boy, Torak, and his wolf-cub worked together to defeat the evil which stalked their land.
This compares to the quote above from Emerson’s book by showing that people can work through nature just as the boy did with his cub. The “best hour” (Emerson 1) that the quote refers to represents the terrifying mission that the boy over comes with the help of his cub. Throughout their mission, they feel as though they must battle to save their world. These feelings are transcendental in the way that Torak and his cub feel the need to protect everyone as though they are connected through the over soul.
Through nature, Torak learns to battle the evils that threaten his society. “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature” (Blog, 1). The poem, “The Soul Meets Nature,” illustrates that society has distanced people from their killer instincts. Nature, “a mirror to the soul of humans,” projects the inner-subconscious animal in every person (Blog 1). Through nature, humans can reveal and see deeper into their true souls. “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child” (Emerson 1).
Here, Emerson is saying that every child is relaxed and stress-free, but as that person grows and develops, he or she grows blind to the true importance of nature. While in nature, adults can relax and develop a deeper understanding of who they are and where they belong in this great big world. “When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense in the mind” (Emerson 1). Seeing as it is now know how old ways of transcendentalism through nature still occur today, people can no longer question how they are transcendental themselves.
It is also clear to see how big of a part that nature plays in the lives of others. From movies, to songs, literature, and more, nature from transcendentalism is everywhere. Whether the situation is a lion on the hunt, a boy and his cub on a mission, or a blind adult, transcendentalism is always going to be around. Nature is the beauty of life, so why not learn from it? “The kingdom of man over nature, which cometh not with observation, — a dominion such as now is beyond his dream of God, — he shall enter without more wonder than the blind man feels who is gradually restored to perfect sight” (Emerson, 2).
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