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. I think one of the best lessons you can learn from transcendentalism is to not rely on anyone else but yourself, because then it teaches people to fend for themselves and when a kid is taught this and then becomes an adult they would be very prepared for life compared to other people.
After reading Thoreau’s excerpt of “Civil Disobedience”, I think that a government should be able to govern, because that is the point of having a government and without it governing what is the point of having one in the first place. The role of the government is to help the people and do things that the average citizen cant do because they don’t have enough power. A kind of government that commands your respect is a dictatorship, because if you disrespect the government in places that have a dictatorship, then you will either go to jail or just get publicly executed. Martin Luther King Jr. has become the guide to modern protests movements because he started the marches, and stand ins and other peaceful protests like that, and his were the first time they were really listened to and big in the news. The role of civil disobedience today is still pretty prominent, from the women’s march to the school walkouts happening soon, people are still peacefully protesting maybe even more than ever. It is still effective because protests like these make national news all the time showing that people are listening.
The purpose of independent reading is to keep kids reading in schools and not have it die out, I think AR is a pretty good way to keep kids reading because it threatens them with a grade so that they read. The book I selected is called, Living With Jackie Chan, I picked this book because I couldn’t pick a book for myself so I just picked one of the blind date books and this is what I got.So far in the first chapter Josh, is leaving his old town to go live with his uncle, Larry, and he just got to the house and that’s when the chapter ends, I think that eventually we are gonna find out the reason Josh left his old town. So far the book sounds pretty good. I think its really cool that we are creating movie trailers for the books, because my brother did this a couple years ago, and I have been excited since then to do this.
My initial thoughts on transcendentalism is that it is very confusing, especially all of the excerpts we had to read. I found that once reading and going over the excerpts they were much easier to understand. Overall I think the transcendentalism is a good concept though, showing that we should be one with nature and that we should be our own person and not copy anyone else and just be who we are. I think that a man can be naturally good, but without society and its rules there would be havoc all around the world because people are more like followers than leaders. Society in our world keeps order and keeps people from doing things they shouldn’t and without this then people wouldn’t know what to do and they would run around and do whatever they want which would be terrible. An example of this is this little boy who was at skatetown the other day, now i work there so I have to enforce the rules, but this kid did not follow any of rules, he ran around and opened employees only doors, and went onto the skate floor without skates on and even stole skates from inside the skate rental area, now if this kid knew the rules he would not have done any of this, but since he didn’t he decided to just do whatever he wanted.