The Role Of Social Construct And Our Role Within The Early Nineteenth Century

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We enter this world as we leave it: alone. Though every encounter, connection, and relationship that occurs between these two points may deceive us to believe otherwise, the truth of the matter is, you are all that you have in this life. Despite this reality, we find ourselves consumed by the concept of social construct and our role within it rather than establishing ourselves as an independent entity. While most spend their lives content with their role as a mere cog, it is the few who believe they have the capacity to function as their own mechanism that will achieve their greatest potential. It is in this frame of mind I believe one must diverge from the path that lies ahead of them and "go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" (Emerson). Before embarking down our own path it is vital that we understand where we are. This cannot be done without first analyzing where we have been. Our path begins “in New England in the early nineteenth-century [with] a reform of the Congregational Church [that] grew into what some scholars consider to be one of the most monumental movements of religion, philosophy and literature in American history" (Carbone). People were beginning to find value within their own beliefs rather than the beliefs that had been forced upon them by social constraints. Of the many riveting, theories to emerge during this time came the notion of Transcendentalism. This was a "practice by which the world of facts and the categories of common sense
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