One Twentieth-Century Event Influenced by Transcendentalism:

Protestors in Egypt

During February, Egypt citizens started a protest against Hasni Murabak after 30 years of political injustice. Murabak had political power in Egypt for 30 years because of constitutional manipulation, repression, rigged elections, cronyism, and the backing of powerful foreign allies. He used the excuse of state of emergency. During this 30 years of injustice, Egypt's newspapers were censored, protesters against him would be thrown in jail or killed, and communications between people were monitored. To protest Mubarak people first used Twitter and Facebook. But after the government blocked the internet, the protesters took to the streets of the main cities of Egypt. Cairo and Alexandria were two main cities where large protests took place. Protesters used signs and some even sent up speakers and microphones to spread their opinions throughout the crowds. The protesters also had many marches, acts of civil disobedience, marches, labor strikes, and violent fights between supporters of Murabak. They wanted Murabak to step down as president and they're were willing to do anything and even give up their own lives for the cause. These protests were mainly peaceful except for a couple incidents in which supporters and criminals started attacking the protesters. This movement is similar to Thoreau's because it was mainly peaceful, and people united into one cause. This movement is also similar to Thoreau's beliefs on nonconformity. This also goes along with Emerson's beleif on nonviolent resistance. Emerson said "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." The protesters followed this; they didn't attack the military or police, they didn't attack the president's supporters, nor did they attack the president himself.

Al Gore speaking at a conference
Al Gore is one of the largest environmentalist in the 21 century. He has wrote many books about protecting the environment, spoken hundreds of times to large groups of people, and he has his own website specifically about keeping the environment protected. Gore believes that humans would have a better motivation for caring for the earth if they see themselves in the “web of life." Gore believes that everyone is connected to the earth, so it is our duty to preserve and protect it. One of his main projects is called "The Climate Project." The Climate Project educates people worldwide about the urgency and resolvability of the climate crisis. Volunteers called "presenters" present one of Al Gore's slide shows about this topic. Presenters are active in 55 countries and have shown the sideshows over 70,000 times. In March 2008 Al Gore launched $300 million three-year campaign. This campaign's goal is to have Americans fight for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Another one of AL Gore's programs aimed at cleaning up and preserving the environment is "Repower at Home." This program is about reducing residential energy waste. This program provides the supporters with information about saving energy in their own homes.I think Al Gore has the same thoughts about nature as Emerson had. Emerson said, " beholds somewhat [something] as beautiful as his own nature." What he is saying is that man has the power to preserve nature; Al Gore is using his power to do this and he is also spreading his thoughts and training people around the world.

Transcendentalism in Popular Culture "You've Got A Friend In Me Lyrics" by: James Taylor

You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
Just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got troubles, well I've got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together and we see it through
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too
But none of them will ever love you the way I do
It's me and you
And as the years go by
Boys, our friendship will never die
You're gonna see
It's our destiny
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
Woody and Buzz

This song is focused all around friendship. It follows Emerson's quote about friendship. "The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship." Friendship is very important in this world because without friendship everyone would be sad and lonely. This songs means a lot to me because it sums up what I look for in a friend. A friend should be with you through rough times, not just good times. Even though people might be better then your friend, they still won't love you like a true friend. Emerson thought that friendship is one of the most important things in this world. Friends support, love, and care for you. Without friends, a person would be lonely and lost.

Wake Up....!!!

© Prinkie
Its true that the darkness flies and blue times fade away,
Though to cast obscure and gloomy vista is its forte,
But there is always a dawn of radiant light at its archway.
Wake up! Open your eyes, rise to another new day.

The sun sneaks in to proclaim over the landscape askew,
Oh look how the rays tear apart the skies to reach you,
And then split to the seven true colors as they pass a tiny dew.
Wake up! Open your eyes, rise to another new day.

Extend your ears to how the feathered friends melodiously hum.
And thus relieving themselves from the night so irksome.
Thus for a pristine novel life they together extend a welcome.
Wake up! Open your eyes, rise to another new day.

I had written this poem for a friend of mine. Who was yet to realize the potential that lay buckled within. I've always believed there's so much to learn from the nature around. Its how I draw inspiration and urge my friend to do the same.

This poem follows the beliefs, about nature, of Emerson and Thoreau. In his book, Emerson said that no one is truly awake until the morning. Both authors believed that nature is what true beauty in all about. Emerson believed that if you spent enough time in nature and truly freed yourself in it, then you would become a better human being. The poet of "Wake Up....!!!!" beleived that there is much to learn about nature. Thoreau incorporated nature into many books. One of them was about a beetle that was growing inside a table. He used this as a symbolism of dreams and goals coming true. Thoreau even took this to the extreme when he stopped what he was doing and moved out into the woods. He embraced himself with nature and wrote about things that were important about human life. He also wrote about how things in life related to things in nature.

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