Transcendental Beliefs Essay

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The Values We Share Transcendentalism is a religion that developed in the late 1820s and early 1830s. Major components of transcendentalism were Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Cullen Bryant, and Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism has many elements, three of which being that an individual’s intuitive response to something is the correct response, that an individual can understand the world through intuition, and that one should rely on themselves. The songs “Intuition” by John Lennon and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister reflect these elements. The song “Intuition” was released in 1973 by John Lennon, as part of the album Mind Games. During this time, Lennon was experiencing many life hardships, such as marital issues. In the song, Lennon writes “My intentions are good, I use my intuition.. /And when I struggle in the night/ The magic of the music seems to light the way/ Intuition takes me there/ Intuition takes me everywhere” (l1, 7-10) Lennon describes how he uses his intuition, and how it helps him when he is struggling and helps him get over barriers. This relates to the element of transcendentalism that the individual…show more content…
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” was created by the band Twisted Sister and released as part of the album Stay Hungry in 1984. After release, the song boomed in popularity, and remained at the top and became Twisted Sister’s most popular song. The lyrics included “we've Got The Right To Choose And/ there Ain't No Way We'll Lose It/ this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song/ we'll Fight The Powers That Be Just/ don't Pick Our Destiny 'cause/ you Don't Know Us, You Don't Belong” (l4-9) Twisted Sister proclaims that they will be different, because have the right to. This is precisely what the element of Transcendentalism of nonconformity it saying to do; be yourself and avoid the
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