“We are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.”
We are all a part of nature. We all have a connection to the land and to each other. We share the same “spirit world” through nature. Emerson says, ““Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. ” Nature makes us closer to the Divine Soul. He says that God made our house. Our house is nature, and beyond our house there is much more than just nature. Beyond that world that is much more than nature is heaven with God. But we are all still connected, because we come from God and eventually return to him. We are all the same in this way.
The message is the same in every language! (Watch the video to understand! English starts at 3:46 in video ) YOU have the ability to change your fate. Thoreau says, ” It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.” Rely on yourself. If you think that you are too weak willed to change your fate, then you will surely not be able to change anything that will happen to you. Don’t count on others to rule your life. Change what YOU want to change!
“Do what you like. Like what you do.”
(Life is Good)
(Company and quote by Bert and John Jacobs)
Bert and John Jacobs have the idea down. Do what YOU like and like what YOU do. Emerson says, “What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” This means that you must only care about what you want for yourself and what you want to do. That is all that matters. Be a self-reliant individual. Don’t conform and do what the others are doing. BE YOURSELF!!!
“What we take for granted might not be here for our children.”
On the important Transcendental topic of nature and being a major part of it ourselves, Al Gore is right in saying that some things just might not be here! As Thoreau says, “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth.” Well, we now know that the sky has been ruined. Air pollution and airplanes have ruined our atmosphere with their awful toxins. We need to be mindful of this and save ourselves. Remember, according to transcendentalists, we are a part of nature. Be proactive in our protection of nature, our earthly counterpart!
“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”
Even the Vatican has gone Transcendental! Pope Francis is pretty much proclaiming the idea of living simply and not letting material things get in the way of you living as part of nature. And, being the pope, he recognizes the Divine Soul as God and that he is above us all and watching over us and protecting us. Emerson says, “Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.” If anyone tried to make a difference in someone else’s life, the world would be a much better place. One person, no matter how small of an act that they commit to help someone else, can make a big difference in the world.
Nike and the “Just Do It” campaign
Obviously this is a Transcendental campaign! Celebrities Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods use this campaign in this British commercial for Nike. (see video) Emerson had the same idea as Nike when he said, “What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” The campaign is just screaming Emerson’s idea to just do what you do and to live your life without hesitation. Trust yourself and live for yourself, and never for someone else! You only have one chance to live life fully, so just do everything you want to do.
Transcendental Calvin and Hobbes comic strip!
This is a Transcendental comic strip, because instead of asking for all of the power in the world, Hobbes decides on wanting to have the simple things in his dream life. He is following the idea that Thoreau has, “Simplicity! Simplicity! Simplicity!” He is living in a way that is different than what anyone else (Calvin) would have asked for (AKA money, power, and other obvious material items). Living simply can make you a more self-reliant individual.