Transcendentalism, By John Waldo Emerson And Henry David Thoreau

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Transcendentalists believe that using their principles, humanity can inch closer and closer to utopia, the perfect society. Transcendentalism, the flawed doctrine, instead leads its adherents on the road to nowhere, and many of the principles fail spectacularly when applied in real life. Transcendentalism is too idealistic to be realistic. Simply put, transcendentalism is wrong. Their ideals are not just incorrect, they are potentially dangerous. First, transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, among others, believe the spontaneous emotion and childlike wonder of the outside world outweigh logic and intellect. However, that is all transcendentalism is: childlike. Transcendentals think that reactions should be spontaneous, not well thought out through reason and logic. However, this spontaneity can be harnessed by others to do the unspeakable. For an example, consider Operation Northwoods during the Kennedy administration. The U.S. government planned to commit numerous atrocities and blame them on the Cuban government. The Kennedy administration would then use public outrage to gain backing for an invasion of Cuba to remove Raul and Fidel Castro from power. Among the atrocities planned were shooting down jetliners, bombing subway systems, and mock raids on military compounds in Miami, Texas, and Washington, D.C. The Kennedy administration planned to use the spontaneous emotional outrage of the citizens to justify war. The government planned
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