Folks, the Presidential Elections are finally over and with it -depending on your feelings about these last two years of rallies, polls, speeches and what not- the end of a headache, or the beginning of one.
But have you ever thought if anyone has warned us about some of the short comings of today’s modern world? If there were transcendentalists that metaphorically saw through the veil of time and mentioned in their writings these certain aspects, ideals, and personalities that we should be wary and watch out for?
‘History Repeats Itself’, some may say, but others would argue that the only reason it repeats is because history is simply studied and not understood.
It’s the same difference as when you’re studying for an exam; if you simply memorize the answers instead of understanding the question, you’ll score well on the exam but after utilizing those memorize answers, they will begin to fade from memory.
Today we are going to talk about some authors that did not just memorize, these individuals understood the world and the happenings in it from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans.
- Aldous Huxley (July 26th, 1894 – November 22nd, 1963)
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, and philosopher. Most prominently known for his novels, such as Brave New World; a work of literary art that holds up even until today. A story set in a dystopian London where the citizens are too busy with their entertainment to perceive the unfair reality they live in. He’s also written non-fictional books, such as The Doors of Perceptions, a personal experience of Mr. Huxley whilst under the effects of a psychedelic drug, and a wide array of essays. Mr. Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.
He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.
2. Henry David Thoreau (July 12th, 1817 – May 6th, 1862)
Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. Let me just say that this man accomplished a whole damn lot in his life. He is best known as a notable figure in the transcendentalist movement, and for his authorship of Walden, the book details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, close to Concord, Massachusetts, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. The book chronicles his thoughts during those two years and his reflections of simple, sustainable living in natural surroundings. But the book is oh so more than just that, as even over a hundred years after its publishing, Thoreau’s words of society and the social norms that we have grown accustomed to still ring out true today as they did back then, and it was Thoreau’s philosophy of civil disobedience that influenced future leaders and revolutionists in their political thoughts and actions, such as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
3. Jack Kerouac (March 12nd, 1922 – October 21st, 1969)
This is a man I definitely would have been honored to meet at some healthy breakfast foods diner in San Diego. Jack probably would have been in the middle of another one of his adventures on the road.
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet, a pioneer of the Beat Generation, a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era.
His literary work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He was an underground celebrity, and one of the men that ultimately influenced the hippie movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s
He is best known for his book “On the Road”, a book based on Kerouac’s travels across America with his friends, some of whom are the other members of the Beat Generation.
What do you think of these individuals and their influences on the world, and even their understanding of the world? Let us know in the comments below.