Emerson and Thoreau – How Shall We Live?

The big questions:Emerson

How shall we live?

What can a couple of Transcendentalists from the early 1800’s tell us about our lives today?

What are Transcendentalists and what are they transcending?

How should we relate to our own inspirations?

How might we relate to people in the past?

How should we balance our relationships with others and nature?

The content:

Selections from Emerson’s essays “Self-Reliance” and “History” and Thoreau’s “Walden”

The skills and activities:

Deep reading, clear thinking, lively discussion, walking, journaling, voluntary simplicity exercises, essay writing (optional).