The connection that I could make between Thoreau and Emerson’s thoughts is that Emerson’s thoughts on nature and being self reliant go hand and hand with the idea of being at Walden pond. They also both believe that nature s what forces us not to depend on others’ ideas but to develop our own. Also like Emerson, Thoreau wants to live a simple life, so he could find a deeper meaning. The main idea of the first part of the excerpt from “Walden”, “Where I Lived And What I Lived For” is if you live in nature and you live simply it will make you your best self. The main idea of the last part of the excerpt from “Walden”, “The Conclusion” is if you follow your own path and not follow anyone but yourself you will live a happy life. The benefits of leaving behind society and going into nature would be that you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone but yourself when you are in the woods and you can find your best self. You would miss all the things going on in the world around you whether that be technological advancements, or even wars. I would not be able to do this because I love my life how it is and I don’t like nature because there are bugs and its dirty and no showers so I’ll pass on that. But ya know, things were different back then.
Thoreau is a very, very thoughtful man when it comes to his ways with transcendentalism. When he states, “that government is best which governs least?”, I really do not fully believe in that statement. Because government takes a full conjoined effort to run a country, and I feel like you need to have a big force of people to do such a thing as government. Thoreau also states, “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .”, some kinds of government demand respect in certain aspects. For example, the government that we have the United States today. It demands respect because your earn respect by just following basic laws and that respect will be earned throughout your days in the country just by being a law abiding citizen. Civil disobedience today plays a big part in how our country is developing today. from people having peaceful outside of the white house to impose a bill that is going around in congress. To having protests about the Black Lives Matters movement, and just being civil about it with no violence whatsoever. Its effective because it gets people’s attention, and gets their minds thinking about the problems going on in their own country as well and speak out about it.
The book I selected for the 3rd quarter is a autobiography on the former legendary sports anchor for ESPN, Stuart Scott. I selected this book this book because I always used to love waking up early in the morning, and seeing Stuart Scott report everyday in the world of sports. After reading the first chapter of the book, I still think of Stuart as a superhero in my mind. My initial reaction to this book was what I expected to be honest. I do not have any concerns about creating a trailer for this autobiography. Thank you have a good day.
Transcendentalism is a different concept, and it seems to be a weird one. It’s a little bit hard to understand. Some of Emerson’s writings like “Nature” and “Self Reliance” have deeper meanings behind them, than what just lies on the surface. But, the argument for this transcendentalism stuff is; is man naturally good? Or is man naturally evil? To some people, this argument is very controversial. Because like in transcendentalism one of their principles is basically question everything, and they do question everything. In my opinion, I think man is naturally evil. My reasoning for that statement is that people are only good because of the rules in our society, and people scared of facing the repercussions of breaking the rules. For example, if someone left their keys in their car, and the car was unlocked. Would you take the car? Probably not because you are afraid of breaking the rules that society has put in place. Because if you do take that car, you would face the repercussions. Like jail time or maybe even worse. But deep inside of your body and mind, you want to take that car, and do whatever you want with it. There are many other scenarios I could give you to say that man is naturally evil but I do not have the time for that nonsense. So in my opinion transcendentalism is a different and weird concept to understand. Also that man is naturally evil instead of naturally good, because people are afraid of repercussions and bad things that will happen to them if they do not follow the rules in our society today.