The poets are dead; Transcendentalism lives on
Most people look down upon Transcendentalism because they do not know what it means. Transcendentalism is a belief in a higher reality than that found in sense experience, or belief in a higher kind of knowledge than achieved by human reason. Transcendentalism revolves around the existence of absolute goodness, something beyond description and knowable, ultimately only through intuition. The term Transcendentalism became applied almost exclusively to doctrines of
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movies and poetry, but also in a minority of people. The philosophy was resurrected in the 1960ís through the hippies, who, now as aging baby boomers, still practice it today. Mainstream America definitely is not ready to go into the woods to find higher truth and forget its capitalistic roots. However, it would be a more enjoyable place if some Transcendentalist notions, such as the end to blind conformity, became more common in this society.