Transcendentalism A Modern Day Approach -K. Melvin
Transcendentalism earned a reputation as a "collection of miscellany" because such variety of thought is built into the definition. ‘’
Emerson’s Definition • It was a philosophical movement • Transcendentalism centered on the divinity of each individual; but this divinity could be self-discovered only if the person had the independence of mind to do so.
Helpful Information • Transcendentalists were idealistic and optimistic because they believed they could find answers to whatever they were seeking. • All they had to do was learn to read, through their intuition, the external symbols of nature and translate them into spiritual facts. • A transcendentalist declared there was meaning in everything and that meaning was good, all connected by and parts of a divine plan.
Transcendentalism through song. . . Listen carefully and follow along with the lyrics while the song is playing. Write any words you hear that suggest the ideas of transcendentalism.
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are Lyrics Writer(s):JOEL, BILLY Don't go changing, to try and please me You never let me down before Don't imagine you're too familiar And I don't see you anymore I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble We never could have come this far I took the good times, I'll take the bad times I'll take you just the way you are Don't go trying some new fashion Don't change the color of your hair You always have my unspoken passion Although I might not seem to care I don't want clever conversation I never want to work that hard I just want someone that I can talk to I want you just the way you are. I need to know that you will always be The same old someone that I knew What will it take till you believe in me The way that I believe in you. I said I love you and that's forever And this I promise from the heart I could not love you any better I love you just the way you are.
ALANIS MORISSETTE"Ironic" An old man turned ninety-eightHe won the lottery and died the next dayIt's a black fly in your ChardonnayIt's a death row pardon two minutes too lateAnd isn't it ironic... don't you thinkIt's like rain on your wedding dayIt's a free ride when you've already paidIt's the good advice that you just didn't takeWho would've thought... it figuresMr. Play It Safe was afraid to flyHe packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbyeHe waited his whole damn life to take that flightAnd as the plane crashed down he thought"Well isn't this nice..."And isn't it ironic... don't you thinkIt's like rain on your wedding dayIt's a free ride when you've already paidIt's the good advice that you just didn't takeWho would've thought... it figures Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on youWhen you think everything's okay and everything's going rightAnd life has a funny way of helping you out whenYou think everything's gone wrong and everything blows upIn your faceA traffic jam when you're already lateA no-smoking sign on your cigarette breakIt's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knifeIt's meeting the man of my dreamsAnd then meeting his beautiful wifeAnd isn't it ironic...don't you thinkA little too ironic...and, yeah, I really do think...It's like rain on your wedding dayIt's a free ride when you've already paidIt's the good advice that you just didn't takeWho would've thought... it figuresLife has a funny way of sneaking up on youLife has a funny, funny way of helping you outHelping you out
"I Believe I Can Fly" I used to think that I could not go onAnd life was nothing but an awful songBut now I know the meaning of true loveI'm leaning on the everlasting armsIf I can see it, then I can do itIf I just believe it, there's nothing to it[Chorus:]I believe I can flyI believe I can touch the skyI think about it every night and daySpread my wings and fly awayI believe I can soarI see me running through that open doorI believe I can flyI believe I can flyI believe I can fly See I was on the verge of breaking downSometimes silence can seem so loudThere are miracles in life I must achieveBut first I know it starts inside of me, oh If I can see it, then I can be itIf I just believe it, there's nothing to it[Chorus]Hey, cause I believe in me, ohIf I can see it, then I can do it (I can do it)If I just believe it, there's nothing to it[Chorus]Hey, if I just spread my wingsI can flyI can flyI can fly, heyIf I just spread my wingsI can fly-eye-eye-eyeHum, fly-eye-eye
Tim McGraw“Don’t Take the Girl” Johnny's daddy was taking him fishin'When he was eight years oldA little girl came through the front gate holdin' a fishing poleHis dad looked down and smiled, said we can't leave her behindSon I know you don't want her to go but someday you'll change your mindAnd Johnny said "Take Jimmy Johnson, take Tommy Thompson, take my best friend BoTake anybody that you want as long as she don't goTake any boy in the worldDaddy please don't take the girlSame old boySame sweet girlTen years down the roadHe held her tight and kissed her lipsIn front of the picture showStranger came and pulled a gunGrabbed her by the arm said "If you do what I tell you to, there won't be any harm" And Johnny said "Take my money, take my wallet, take my credit cards Here's the watch that my grandpa gave meHere's the key to my carMister give it a whirlBut please don't take the girl Same old boySame sweet girlFive years down the roadThere's going to be a little one and she says it's time to goDoctor says the baby's fine but you'll have to leave'Cause his momma's fading fast and Johnny hit his knees and there he prayedTake the very breath you gave meTake the heart from my chestI'll gladly take her place if you'll let meMake this my last requestTake me out of this worldGod, please don't take the girlJohnny's daddyWas taking him fishin'When he was eight years old
Your turn! In groups of 3 answer the following questions on the chart paper provided. When finished post your answers on the nearest wall. • How are you affected by nature? Do you find comfort in it? Do you reflect the moods of nature? • What is the role of nature in your life? • What is meant by an individual's spiritual side? How to you define it? Is there a connection between the individual's spirit and nature? If so, what is that connection? • What does it mean to know something intuitively? For example, has a parent or a sibling ever known something was wrong with you without having talked with or seen you? What do we mean when we say "I just know it"? • How do you demonstrate that you are an individual? Do you think independently of others or do you follow the crowd?