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Daniel HigginsSeptember13 2000 ENG 252 Paper 1 Transcending Life by Adapting the Concepts of Franklin Emerson and Thoreau Everyone one of us struggles daily to survive in a manner befitting our individual beliefs hopes aspirations dreams and goals There is not a universal code on how exactly we should go about doing this Benjamin Franklin Henry Thoreau and Waldo Emerson were some of the most unique thinkers influencing the way of thinking in America Their concepts where simplistic in nature with underlying themes based on Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is defined as an individual transcending their senses and gaining a better understanding of beauty good and truth through activities such as work art and being at one with nature A course in life should enable an individual to maintain individuality while at the same time contributing to the good of the whole Applying many concepts on life adapted by Franklin Thoreau and Emerson will allow an individual to reach their potential to live the best life they possibly can Dost thou love life Then do not squander time for thats the stuff life is made of Franklin Benjamin Franklin had many simple concepts that he lived by but what made him so unique was that the application of all these concepts made him a very virtuous and honest man He was a moral perfectionist evident by his tedious struggle to live by thirteen virtues which he deemed to be the most important in benefiting himself and society These virtues were temperance silence order resolution frugality industry sincerity justice moderation cleanliness tranquility chastity and humility My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues Franklin Franklin was realistic in his quest for moral perfection apparent by the fact that he began concentrating on one virtue at a time And like him who having a garden to weed does not attempt to eradicate all the bad herbs at once which would exceed his
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