Transcendentalism : An Idealistic Philosophical And Social Movement

1120 WordsMay 25, 20175 Pages
Transcendentalism, which according to the dictionary means: “an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reation to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living”. Transcendentalism is an American Literary, and philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century. This is thought is centered on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. “If a plant cannot live according to his nature, it dies; and so a man" (Emerson, Civil Disobedience, 260). Thoreau is described as a man who dreamed, and to my opinion was an introvert. He one day…show more content…
Then it progresses in secondary school, you have to have the popular clothes, you can’t be seen in clothes that does not have a designer label on them. These are what I consider positive conformity; there is nothing wrong with trying to fit in in this type of fashion. Then we have the negative form of conformity. You still want to fit in, but it is something you are doing only because someone else does it and it is accepted in the group. However, you privately do not like it. Let’s, look at some negative types of conformity. Smoking drugs; you know it is wrong, but the kids that you decided to hang around because you thought they were popular, smoked, so you smoke. You don’t want them to think you are not “cool”, but you privately do not like it and you know it is wrong. Another example is using foul language that you would not dare use in front of your parents. When you are around your “friends” you curse like a sailor the term goes, but you know in your heart even while saying the words that it is wrong. It feels wrong but you do it anyway out of fear of rejection. The second type is the Informational Conformity that occurs because someone gives you the wrong information and you don’t have the knowledge to get the facts, or data for yourself. You just accept what someone else’s views are. This can be found in a lot of adult groups. Politics is a good place to start. A lot of citizens
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