Martin Luther King And Henry David Thoreau's Philosophy : What Is Transcendentalism?

Decent Essays

According to Transcendentalism is, “any philosophy based upon the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical”, but that’s only part of what Transcendentalism is. Transcendentalism is standing for One of the first people to write about Transcendentalism were Henry David Thoreau writer of “Resistance to Civil Government” and Ralph Waldo Emerson writer of “Nature” and “Self-Reliance”. Those writers through their writing inspired people like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. “ If the stars should appear one night in a one thousand years, how would men believe and adore: and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!” (Emerson). Since nature is all around us we tend to forget how important they are. From the forest to the stars above us every single one of them are unique. But what if we only had that once every one thousand years then would we maybe its uniqueness? In On his last paragraph on “Self-Reliance” he said, “speak what you think now I hard word, and tomorrow speak what thinks in hard words again.” to make a change you can't just shut up and do nothing. You need to stand up for what you believe and if you truly believe that something that is right you will stand up for yourself. Emerson said in Paragraph two, “and we are now men, and must accept in the highest

Get Access