Essay on How Transcendentalism Is Impossible Without Change

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According to George Bernard Shaw, “progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” (BrainyQuote). Many major progressive changes in religion and society occurred in the first half of the 1800s. Especially in America, people started to question their beliefs and ways of life. In turn, the thought processes were upgraded and changes to society were made. Several communities were formed to act as a little slice of perfect society. These Utopias strove for equal opportunities. The 1830s brought a new idea called Transcendentalism. Essentially, transcendentalism is thinking and worshipping in new, different manners. Many authors and ministers adopted the idea of transcendentalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson was among the many transcendentalists. He wrote many extremely radical essays and poems. Emerson wrote an essay in 1836 called Nature. It was a message of spiritual enlightenment, and the world depicted it in a hopeful manner, as Nature defied from the rising, narrow “American ways”. Ministers shied away from the traditional Calvinism beliefs towards Unitarianism. Transcendentalists and Mr. Emerson had very radical beliefs at the time and were open minded to new concepts (Robinson). Charles Fourier was another reformer in the idea of how a society should work. He believed “that small communities should form an economic unit, share a communal dwelling, and divide work among themselves” (“Brook Farm”). Fourier wanted to design a…

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