One Twentieth-Century Event Influenced by Transcendentalism: Liberian Women Fight For Peace:

Liberia experienced a great conflict between 1989 and 1999, and again between 1999 and 2003. It is estimated that 30% of the fighting force was made up of women, taking over jobs as commanders, cooks, spies, and porters. Women took up arms for many reasons, such as avenging death and to protect themselves and their family. Many women continue to suffer physical and mental effects from their experiences, and often do not have access to efficient medical care. Often abandoned or widowed, a great amount of women have found themselves having to handle burdens with little support, few skills, and no job or an education. To try and take care of this situation, demobilization, a disarmament, rehabilitation and reintegration process began, which aimed to ensure women's rights, participation, and their needs. The women are taking a non-violent approach to the situation, hoping it'll be better in the long-run. In Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, he said "Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine." This means that you can stop the machine, or fix the situation, without breaking it, or making it worse.














Transcendentalism in Popular Culture: "So Small" by Carrie Underwood:

**"So Small"**

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Carrie Takes Home 6 Awards At The ACA's


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Yeah, Yeah
[Verse 1]
What you got if you ain't got love
the kind that you just want to give away
It's okay to open up
go ahead and let the light shine through
I know it's hard on a rainy day
you want to shut the world out and just be left alone
But don't run out on your faith

[Chorus]
'Cause sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
seem so small

[Verse 2]
It's so easy to get lost inside
a problem that seems so big at the time
it's like a river that's so wide
it swallows you whole
While you sit around thinking about what you can't change
and worrying about all the wrong things
time's flying by
moving so fast
you better make it count 'cause you can't get it back

[Chorus]
Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
Seem so small

Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
Oh it sure makes everything else
Seem so small

Yeah, Yeah

These lyrics, performed by Carrie Underwood, reflect a few of Transcendentalism's interests. In the song, Underwood tries to portray the message of: never give up. She also tries to tell her audience that time is precious and you shouldn't worry about the small things in life: "you better make it count 'cause you can't get it back." This reflects the characteristic of Self-Reliance, knowing that you must be aware of your time in life and how you spend it. This reminded me of what Thoreau said in Walden: "Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity." Both quotes reflect self-reliance and how you must understand that you control your life and how you want to live it. "Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand" reminded me of Emerson's quote from Nature: "In the woods, we return to reason and faith". These both reflect the characteristic of Respect and Importance of Nature because both show how you can rely on nature to show you reasoning behind your actions or thoughts.



One Twentieth-Century Event/Person Influenced by Transcendentalism: Ellen DeGeneres's nonviolent fight against Teenage bullying:





On Sept. 22, 2011, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington bridge, three days after his roommate broadcasted his sexual encounter with a guy online. Ellen DeGeneres was devastated, and she wanted to take a nonviolent stand to this bullying and harassment. She's involved with many organizations and programs that are trying to stop all the bullying and trying to prevent any more young teen suicides. Some might say that DeGeneres is being overly-optimistic about the whole situation, but that can be a good thing. This world needs some positive influences and optimism. In Emerson's Self-Reliance, he says, "... that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion." This ties into what DeGeneres is trying to say about bullying. Love yourself for who you are, and don't care what other people think or say about you. God made every one of us special and sometimes teens are bullied because the bullies can't see those specialties. This event also reminded me of Thoreau's quote in Walden, "I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear..." Thoreau didn't want to spend his life on pointless drama, dwelling, or having regrets, and you shouldn't want to either. Those bullies are the ones wasting their lives away by being cruel and hurting people. Don't ever think you're not good enough in life because you really are.

If you are interested in this topic and want to try and help prevent teenage bullying or suicide, visit these websites. Your help could make such a difference!

The Trevor Project at 866 4U TREVOR. It's a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens. You can learn more about The Trevor Project at their website: thetrevorproject.org.
Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bullying non profit organization.
Their website is AngelsandDoves.com
The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness
and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about
them at their website: Pacer.org/bullying
The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew's Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is matthewsplace.com
GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and
bias in schools. Their website is: glsen.org
STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Find out more on their website: stompoutbullying.org





Transcendentalism in Popular Culture: "Perfect" by Pink:















Lyrics to Perfect by Pink:

Made a wrong turn
Once or twice
Dug my way out
Blood and fire
Bad decisions
That's alright
Welcome to my silly life
Mistreated, misplaced, missundaztood
Miss "no way it's all good"
It didn't slow me down

Mistaken
Always second guessing
Underestimated
Look, I'm still around...

Pretty, pretty please
Don't you ever, ever feel
Like your less than

less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like your nothing

You are perfect to me

You're so mean
When you talk
About yourself
You are wrong
Change the voices
In your head
Make them like you
Instead
So complicated
Look how big you'll make it
Filled with so much hatred

Such a tired game
It's enough
I've done all I can think of

Chased down all my demons
See you same

Pretty, pretty please
Don't you ever, ever feel
Like your less than
less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like your nothing
You are perfect to me

The world stares while I swallow the fear

The only thing I should be drinking is an ice cold beer
So cool in lying and I tried tried
But we try too hard, it's a waste of my time

Done looking for the critics, cuz they're everywhere
They don't like my genes, they don't get my hair
Stringe ourselves and we do it all the time
Why do we do that?
Why do I do that?
Why do I do that?

Ooh, pretty pretty pretty,
Pretty pretty please don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect

Pretty pretty please if you ever ever feel
Like you're nothing you are perfect, to me
You're perfect
You're perfect
Pretty, pretty please don't you ever ever feel like you're less than, less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please if you ever ever feel like you're nothing you are perfect to me

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Credit of this picture goes to: http://www.billboard.com

Pink's song is considered to be overly-optimistic, but I find it to be very inspiring and also an eye-opener. Perfection is not easy to overcome, and many find it impossible, but Pink says that everyone is perfect in their own way. Pink shows that she is a nonconforminist by singing, "Done looking for the critics, cuz they're everywhere. They don't like my genes, they don't get my hair." This reminded me of Emerson's quotes from Self-Reliance: "Imitation is suicide" and "Envy is ignorance." Majority of the time when you're being made fun of, it's because that person envies you for your individuality and confidence. Emerson said "imitation is suicide" because if you waste away your life trying to be like someone else, then you're just killing who you really are and you're killing all of your individuality away. Also in Self-Reliance, Emerson quoted, "That he must take himself fof better, for worse, as his portion." That quote deals with Pink's song because if you can't love yourself for who you are, then no one can.
















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