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To describe what transcendentalism is to someone would just take too long and knowing my skills of explaining I wont even try So to sum it up as short as possible I would have to use one single phrase from the movie Dead Poets Society Its said by Mr Keatings on one of his first days teaching As hes standing behind a group of kids and he tells them to seize the day That to me describes all of what transcendentalism is it tells them to have no regrets to stop and smell the roses dont follow rules just because theyre there do it because they mean something to you follow your gut instincts I find all these meanings in that one little phrase Most people are afraid to do what Mr Keatings had told them to do Seizing the day would mean that you would have to be yourself to make your own choices With a school like Welton people did become afraid and they lashed back trying to get people back to the original rules and the everyday routines In the beginning of the movie all the boys did as they were told they said the four pillars as they were told and they followed what ever there parents had told them even if it wasnt something they wanted One good example of this would be when Neil Perrys father had told him to drop out of his Yearbook editing class No one not any one of them had the guts to go against what there fathers wishes Later when Mr Keatings showed up he taught them that they had a mind of there own and that they could use it on there own He had also taught the boys how to see things from there own perspective to let them see what life had in store for them When the boys found out about the Dead poets society they were all
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