Transcendentalism in Modern Day Society
During the 19th century, Transcendentalism was a major movement started by individuals from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jack London and Walt Whitman who has influenced music of the 21st century. Many transcendentalist ideas can be found in music, movies, TV Shows, and books. There are many similarities from the 19th century today.
Weezer, the band, has a song with transcendentalists idea’s written. The song, “Island in the Sun” was inspired by nature and freedom. Weezer’s song explains that by being involved with nature, people forget about all misfortunes and relax. Also, the song explains how when the sun, it helps people lose their mind in an exceptional way that makes you relaxed, “On in island in the sun we’ll be playing ...view middle of the document...
People may have all the materialistic items, but many transcendentalists feel by not having materialistic items in their lives is for the best because they do not need to worry about these un-needed items. The song “Gone Going” by the Black Eyed Peas explains how people only think about materialistic items such as expensive purses, diamonds, cars and many other items, “All that money that you got gonna be gone, that gear that you rock gonna be gone, the house up on the hill gonna be gone, the gold purse on your grill gonna be gone” Black Eyed Peas. As much as people love and posses their possessions, after some time, they will realize it is not an important factor in their own lives, “I breathe the fragrance myself, and know it and like it; The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it”(Whitman). Transcendentalists believe that materialistic items are needed to make a person happy in their lives.
Young adults today are influenced and inspired by transcendentalists’ beliefs that are integrated in music. It is important for people to see the perspective of transcendentalists because nature is an important aspect in life. However, Materialism can be a vital aspect in other people’s lives but they need to see that there is more to life then material items.
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