Transcendentalism in Emerson’s Self Reliance and Thoreau’s Resistance to Civil Government

According to Quinn and Edward (2006), when one gets to know about himself and finds God then he feels the existence of a “microcosmic” world. According to Emerson (1995, p. 20-30), nature is an “organ” through which God speaks to an individual. He regarded God as a “universal spirit” in his writings.
One is born with religion, culture, laws, rules, and society. One has to follow the rules and regulations set up by them. When one is born as an individual, he should have the freedom to think deeply and to connect with his inner self. He should be able to find meanings himself. He should find his God himself and live life accordingly. This is what Transcendentalism is all about. to know oneself.
It is not something chaotic or going against the government or laws but it is just about the exploration of one’s own self. “Self Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and "Resistance to Civil Government” by Henry David Thoreau are perfect examples of it.
Emerson was a great written, philosopher, poet and lecturer and was born on May 25, 1803. Oakes and Elizabeth (2004), write about Emerson as someone who believed in “individuality”. Emerson saw imagination and human thinking in a very different way. He said that the thinking, imagination, and perceptions of human beings are made by nature, which according to him is an organ that is used by a spiritual entity to speak with humans. He focused on discovering one’s own self. Henry David Thoreau was a great philosopher and was a student at Emerson. They both shared great thinking and are the most prominent names when it comes to transcendentalism.
It is said that the person who knows himself is the one who knows the real meaning and reason for his existence. People are too busy in everyday lives that they do not focus on their own selves. they do not have time to communicate with their own soul and that results in a lack of self-awareness and distance from godliness.&nbsp.