Today I’m going back into American literary history to give you the choice to marry, date or dump three transcendentalists. For those of you who need a little refresher (I know I did) on what transcendentalism means, here is the definition from wikipedia: “Transcendentalists believed that society and its institutions—particularly organized religion and political parties—ultimately corrupted the purity of the individual. They had faith that people are at their best when truly “self-reliant” and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed.”
There are loads of transcendentalists to choose from. I picked out three of the top guys from the movement: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and the lesser known Amon Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May Alcott).