“Dance to the beat of your own drummer:” A piece of advice that I have been told my whole life, and have tried my hardest to follow. The words were taken from Thoreau’s quote, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”
Furthermore, our lives are lived so shallowly and are filled with the frail, irrelevant things, and not the pulp of life. We think of time as the last peanut butter remaining in the jar we go scraping for, whereas Thoreau views time as “the stream I go a-fishing in. ( )” Thoreau stresses simplicity, yet we only feel important by living complexity. The people of Cary live lives almost equivalent to that of bees. We work hard, but relax almost never. We have five televisions, but not five minutes to spare. In the eyes of the people of Cary, complexity is modern.
In his essay, “Nature”, Emerson conveys, Nature can be a supportive friend who teaches valuable life lessons and helps develop a new way of thinking, if a person spends quality time with it. Nature teaches a valuable life lesson as, “In the presence of
Transcendentalism was a philosophical movement that occurred in America after Enlightenment and before the Civil War. Transcendentalist authors espoused closeness with nature while the same time nonconformity with mainstream society. It is interesting to compare and contrast the bonds that these writers promoted using several works of literature.
While Emerson and Thoreau certainly have difference of opinions, they recognize the need for public discussion and discourse. Emerson declares “a foolish consistency” to be “the hobgoblin of little minds” (Emerson 367). This is shown in their essays “Self-Reliance” and “Civil Disobedience” in which they support individuality and personal expression. Despite their contrasting views of society and government, the two most
Thoreau says, "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life, ... and reduce it to its lowest terms" (Thoreau 235). Thoreau also says, "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us" (Thoreau 237). This means that some things which we believe make our lives simpler actually make it more complicated.
“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” This quote from Henry David Thoreau means that we clutter our lives with details that do not matter. To make our lives happier we should get rid of clutter and enjoy nature or learning. This concepts directly translates with transcendentalists idea and of life and of this world. In theirs works Walden and “Self-Reliance” Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson advocate the principles of nonconformity, the celebration of nature, and the power of intuition to gain knowledge.
In many works of literature, authors express their viewpoints on society and times in which they live. In the essay “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau, the authors speak out against conformity and materialism in society. Both were romanticism authors during the 1800s. They focused on simplicity and individuality. Both writings can advise teenagers today on the importance of non-conformity and the value of rejecting materialism.
The excerpt Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, is a piece that explores the purpose of life, especially if it isn 't lived to the fullest. Thoreau starts by sharing the meaning and value of life. His idea of his personal achievement was to live life and die with a sense of peace and knowledge that he did not waste a single moment. He wanted to live life while being true to himself regardless of whether he would find life to be cruel or a wonderful place, and this was a risk he was willing to take. In a modern sense we are intrigued by technology. Although those in favor of technology may say that the new devices and applications do not affect human interaction and our way of living we are, are unable to see that, even in a room filled with people, there is an isolation barrier and an inability to live life to the fullest.
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were the giants during the 19th century American Transcendentalism movement. Their influential work brought upon shared beliefs on concerning spiritual perspectives, government interference, and the ideology of cultural values in American society. Nature has a multitude of meaning if looked at it from all angles, but deeper within nature is the reflection of what you exert while in it. However they agree on the human condition, the two authors speak with different tones that reflect how nature affects the entirety of man’s spirit. While both Emerson and Thoreau practice the spirit of the human condition, Emerson focused his energy on how “[nature’s] philosophical import [is]…unchanged by man” (215.) where Thoreau implied that we are “subjects of an experiment” (1051).
Henry David Thoreau had become fascinated with his friend’s, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalism ideas. Ideas such as humans being born naturally good and society and government corrupting that purity and making us more dependent on one another and things. Thoreau had built a one-room cabin at Walden Pond where he had lived alone for about two years. In Thoreau’s “From Walden”, he has discovered that simplicity is the key to living in life. He expresses to “let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of one million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail”(218). Don’t overbear yourself with so much work and forget to live. If you live simply, you’ll enjoy what’s around you. Sometimes people are all caught in society’s bubble that they don’t realize what they have. Materialistic things aren’t always important and having everything isn’t what it seems to be. “The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise”(Thoreau 221). No matter how many things one has, they’ll always
&#8220;Dance to the beat of your own drummer:'; A piece of advice that I have been told my whole life, and have tried my hardest to follow. The words were taken from Thoreau&#8217;s quote, &#8220;If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.';
Emerson’s purpose in the essay “Nature” is to lay out and attempt to solve an abstract problem: that humans do
Emerson encourages one to think of nature as a whole, and not merely as a collection of individual entities.
In the year of 1600’s, the United States of America was being colonized by European countries especially by England. However, on 4th of July 1776 America became independent after having drafted the “Declaration of Independence” initiated by Thomas Jefferson [History of the United States, Wikipedia]. The difference between these two time periods shows that Britain had colonized America for about 176 years which ultimately led to prosper European cultures. Although America became an independent nation, European culture was still playing its role. Therefore, American writers namely Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau presented an idea about American Identity.