Ashley Jonas. Bruck. English Iii. 9 February 2017. The
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9 February 2017
The Art of Individuality: Delightedly Different The unique thing about nonconformity is one gets to be himself. Nonconformity is a principle trait associated in Transcendentalism, an idealistic philosophy that reached its peak in the mid-19th century. Transcendentalists follow five major beliefs that have to do with the way people live their daily lives: nonconformity, self reliance, free thought, confidence, and the importance of nature. Two notable authors and transcendentalists of this time were Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. They wrote the essays Resistance to Civil Government and Self-Reliance, respectively. Resistance to Civil Government deals with the belief that…show more content… In this way, he exhibits the nonconformist belief in the value of original ideas. Keeping his faith in humanity’s morals, Thoreau later goes on to suggest that each individual should do as they please without paying mind to the concerns society may have towards their differences. Thoreau proves the point that people should follow what their intuition tells them when he states, “For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever…” (Thoreau 251). Thoreau makes a point that someone has to be the one to stick up for what he believes in. His own intuition is going to tell him what is right and wrong; once he senses this intuition, it is his responsibility to defend it or even give it a voice for the first time. Another time in Resistance to Civil Government, Thoreau portrays the desirability of individuality by saying, “I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name - if ten honest men only - aye, if one honest man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this copartnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America” (Thoreau 251). It is important to be an individual and not conform to the actions and thoughts of others.