Ralph Waldo Emerson and David Thoreau both lived during the 1800s in Massachusetts, United States of America. Both of them were leaders of the transcendental movement that happened in the U.S. in XIX-th century. This brought into the social life of Americans a new philosophy not only in religion and literary aspect. Waldo Emerson was seen as the center of the transcendentalism as he built and promoted most of the transcendental ideas and thoughts. Unlike Ralph Emerson, David Thoreau was not as popular but he also helped in building the ideas and concepts of this movement
In his essay Nature, Waldo Emerson expresses most of his ideas about Transcendentalism movement. He has a strong belief that people should go back to solitude and unite with nature as “In the woods we return to reason and faith”(217). He considers that making a strong bond with nature we “become a transparent eye-ball”(217) and “part or particle of God”(217). Even though the wild woods seem to be a salvation for the society and whole humanity, he truly thinks that ”…few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a superficial seeing”(216).
I believe that his ideas have a great meaning nowadays as we move towards a more materialistic world. I strongly share his opinion that sometimes we should search for solitude and nature to find the answers to our questions. Society is full of flaws and problems but to make it better we have to think more about where we came from, we should think about nature and wildness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is also known for his powerful quotations, most of them motivational and philosophical. I was impressed by his simple but powerful thoughts about life: “It is not the length of life, but the depth.” I believe that this quotation makes us think more about all the actions we do everyday and making
Right choices so we can enjoy the life and it’s unique moments. We should not focus on the quantity but quality of our life because this is what makes the difference, in the end.
Emerson often shared his ideas with Thoreau who was fascinated enough to expand the horizon of the transcendental concepts and beliefs. But, unlike Emerson, Thoreau expressed his ideas not only in books and lectures but also in his...