By: Noah Berger


"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An example of this element in modern culture is from "The Incredibles" movie. Mr. Incredible and his family are nonconformists. Transcendentalism supports nonconformists in society. Mr. Incredible was born with super strength, his wife is extremely stretchy and flexible, their daughter can become invisible, their older son has super speed, and their baby boy can morph into different creatures. Obviously, the family did not fit in with the society.

Importance of Nature

“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michael Jackson’s song, “Earth Song” incorporates major tenets of transcendentalism. The whole song is about the importance of nature. Jackson sings about how humans have destroyed the peace of the natural world because of war and bloodshed. In the song, Jackson sings that the Earth has been hurt by humans and that nature is important. The song suggests that nature must be preserved and man must live in harmony with nature, which is a huge part of transcendentalism.
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Free Thought

"“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wall-e, the famous pixar robot, exhibited many traits of transcendentalism during his journey to bring life back to earth. Wall-e was designed to be a waste-collecting robot. However, because of a short circuit, he has the ability to think freely. Free thought is an important trait of transcendentalism. With this ability, Wall-e is able to fix his own broken parts and stay functionable as all the other wall-e robots broke down.