Expectations of Others vs. Individualism & Non-Conformity

We will listen to two podcasts related to Romantic & Transcendental ideas.  As students listen, they should draw pictures, doodle, or take notes: they should be engaged in listening the whole activity.  Students who are not listening or talking will be given a transcript of the show & go to alternative to finish their work.

Invisibilia: “How to Become Batman” 6:40- nearly the end

Invisibilia: “Entanglement: Contagion” (listen to the Candid Camera & conformity portion)

Notes/doodles will be due at the end of the hour.  We will be discussing & writing on these ideas later in the week.

Try to connect the ideas in these stories to the ideas in the quotes of Emerson & Thoreau below:

  • “If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore”
  • “This American government…has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.”
  • “The sun illuminates only the eye of man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.”
  • “Our life is frittered away by detail….Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”
  • “The lover of nature is he…who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”
  • “…if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
  • “We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.”
  • “I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.”
  • “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”
  • “Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
  • “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…”
  • “Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist.”
  • “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.”
  • “I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there….I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.”
  • “envy is ignorance…imitation is suicide.”
  • “Let everyone mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.”
  • “Nature never wears a mean appearance.”
  • “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
  • “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
  • “The life in us is like the water in the river.”
  • “Why has every man a conscience? I think we should be men first, and subjects afterward.”
  • “…it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: What is once well done is done forever.”
  • “Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further toward recognizing and organizing the rights of man?”
  • “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
  • “There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”
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