Transcendentalism

By Bethany S.

Trust Yourself

I found this quote on Pinterest and think that it's an obvious example of the transcedentalist belief that you should trust your intuition. Even the caption written by the person who originally pinned it simply read: "Trust yourself..." showing that the people who originally uploaded the photo as well as the numerous individuals that have repinned it all believe in the transcendental idea of trusting yourself.

Nature shows you yourself

This song by the Eli Young Band fully embraces the idea that nature is a reflection of yourself. The lyrics are about how the subject of the song is depressed and he feels better when it's raining because he feels that the rain is just as gloomy as he is. He also goes on to say that when it's sunny he feels out of place because the weather just doesn't fit his mood.
Eli Young Band - When it Rains

Everything is Connected

In this scene of The Lion King, Mufasa is explaining to Simba how every creature and plant is connected in the circle of life and how each organism depends directly on the others, just like what is believed by transcendentalists.

Simplify your life

"Hakuna Matata; what a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata; ain't no passing phrase. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It's our problem free philosophy; Hakuna Matata..." This song is more than just a childhood favorite, its lyrics clearly express the transcendental idea of striving to live a simple life. Refusing to worry about the small things is really what the song is about and is a huge part of transcendentalism.
The Lion King - Hakuna Matata (HD)

Be unique

The character Tom on the show Parks and Recreation definitely lives by the transcendental idea that one should be unique. He even has his own language for different types of food because using the same names as everybody else would be too mainstream.
Parks and Recreation - Tom explains Apps and Zerts