Moreover, the Transcendentalists were only loosely connected with one another. The theory of books is noble. Infollowing a restructuring that brought further growth, the commune began to fall into a slow decline, with members becoming disillusioned by its mission, as well as financial challenges and other problems, and squabbling amongst themselves.
Parker exploited the similarities between science and religious doctrine to argue that although nature and religious truth are permanent, any merely human version of such truth is transient. I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
They criticized government, organized religion, laws, social institutions, and creeping industrialization. The wild is not always consoling or uplifting, however. She journeyed to the Midwest in the summer ofand published her observations as Summer on the Lakes the following year.
It can stand, and it can go. I mean, we have yet no man who has leaned entirely on his character, and eaten angels' food; who, trusting to his sentiments, found life made of miracles; who, working for universal aims, found himself fed, he knew not how; clothed, sheltered, and weaponed, he knew not how, and yet it was done by his own hands.
I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amos Bronson Alcott, and others among the Transcendentalists lived to old age in the s and beyond, by about the energy that had earlier characterized Transcendentalism as a distinct movement had subsided.
Fromthe group frequently published in their journal The Dialalong with other venues.