The American Scholar By Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

1282 Words Jan 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Transcendentalism has a rich history as a very spiritual movement, bringing much satisfaction to those who follow its values. Ralph Waldo Emerson sparked the transcendental movement in the early 19th century, most notably in his famous essay “The American Scholar” (U.S. History). People who practice transcendentalism hold the rather simple belief that beyond their five senses that let them experience the physical world, deep reflection, among other things allow them to “transcend” to a more fulfilled life. There are six man values critical to the transcendental experience: closeness to nature, dignity of manual labor, spiritual living, relationship with the over soul, divinity of mankind and Individualism. In today’s world, it is a popular idea to incorporate more transcendental values into daily life. Transcendentalism offers many benefits and in todays world it would be most practical to implement an increased emphasis on nature, manual labor and divinity of man kind, however, it would be neither practical nor beneficial to incorporate spiritual living, relationship with the over soul or individualism.
Although many famous transcendentalists may have followed the six values it is not practical to try to do this in modern society. Having a direct relationship with the over soul is one of the deeper, more intense values that requires a strong commitment to the cause and months, maybe years of practice. Practically speaking, it is unrealistic to expect society to make…

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