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Transcendentalism And Its Impact On Society

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Transcendentalism began around 1836 in New England. The transcendentalist believed that society and its organized institutions were corrupting the purity of individuals. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a famous transcendentalist that wrote “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”. In this literature Thoreau argues that people need to simplify their lives and enjoy it. Transcendentalism played a big role back then and is a big deal even today as is it still relevant in our time period.
In the literature "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" Thoreau argues that we need to simplify our lives and to experience it to the fullest. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." (1) Thoreau went to the woods to live there because he wants to be away from society and wants to experience life to the fullest. He wants to see the “essential facts of life” with his own eyes. He wanted to absorb everything life had to offer. “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” (1) Thoreau did not want to die knowing he did not live life or die not knowing what life was about; he wanted to die knowing that he lived what life was meant to be. “An honest man has hardly needed to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his
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