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Becoming a Transcendentalist Sina SamiePeriod 3 We will walk on our own we will work with our own hands we will speak our own mindsA nation of men will for the first time exist because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all menThe American Scholar As the essence of transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson writes about the necessary steps one must take to become closer to God To become spiritually intimate with God Emerson conceives one must separate himself from extraneous influences of society and seek guidance in the natural divinity of Gods creations Together these two concepts can be analyzed to understand the thoughts of a transcendentalist mind As the personification of transcendentalism Emerson in his works highlights his principle belief that the purpose of life is to learn the lessons of existence through the observation understanding and interpretation of Nature In one of Emersons most popular essays Nature Emerson writes about the responsibility of man to learn from Natures teachings Thus is the unspeakable but intelligible and practical meaning of the world conveyed to man the immortal pupil in every object of senseIdealism Emerson believes that the answer to any challenging question can be fulfilled if man is prepared to look in the right places If man would use his observational skills to understand the lessons that are spiritually conveyed him he would find the true meaning of Nature To many transcendentalists including Emerson Nature is seen as a medium of communication between the factual world and the spiritual world God exists There is a soul at the center of Nature and over the will of every man so that none of us could wrong the universeNatural Laws Much like the theory of divine providence Emersons philosophy suggests that God has an impact on the everyday occurrences of their lives To a transcendentalist God is seen as the eternal guardian of the universe watching over his creations to
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