Transcendence Simplicity Confidence Possibility Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman What does this look like in Walden or Self-Reliance?
Divine within Individualism Self, not society The soul unto itself Is an imperial friend, - Or the most agonizing spy An enemy could send. - Emily Dickinson What does this look like in Walden or Self-Reliance?
Pantheism Truth How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wanderd off by myself, In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time, Lookd up in perfect silence at the stars. - Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learnd Astronomer What does this look like in Walden or Self-Reliance? Nature transcendence
Dependence on self True to the divine The Soul selects her own Society – Then – shuts the Door – To her divine Majority – Present no more – - Emily Dickinson, The Soul Selects Her Own Society What does this look like in Walden or Self-Reliance?
Mental Stability/ Personal Relationships Societal Relationships Spirituality Talents Inspiration Talented or gifted in some way (intelligence, highly creative) Loner (doesnt fit in), Misunderstood/doesnt fit into society (thinks differently e.g. Poe) Spiritual (dark arts, spirits) dark creativity & imagination not societys expectations Conflicted and unstable, depressed Conflicted with society but stable Loner by choice, prefers to be Misunderstood (thinks differently e.g. hippies) God surrounds us, simplicity gifted, intelligence Light/natural creativity & imagination rather than society expectations
Civil Disobedience Walden The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Walden
Self-Reliance Nature Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye- ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. - Nature