Transcendentalism Today by Kurt Kawohl

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Transcendentalism Today

Transcendentalism today can influence the beginning of a new realization in many religions. The term Transcendentalism was derived from the philosopher Kant, who called "all knowledge transcendental which is concerned not with objects but with our mode of knowing objects." In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men."

In this 21st Century the Age of Technology, we are still plagued by religious beliefs that are contributing causes toward terrorism, killings and wars between nations. Belief in what much of mankind calls "God", a deity who caused catastrophes, punished people and who created the universe out of nothing as if by magic was brought about by hysteria and superstition.

The "Holy Books" were written or dictated by men whose social norms during the time period of their lives dictated their and their society's acceptance of a king-like God with immeasurable powers who would make his wishes known by physically conversing with his messengers. Open-minded people must now use common sense to determine whether this so-called God was incorrectly perceived, misinterpreted and misunderstood by the masses of a bygone era and consider whether this thought process should now to be reassessed and brought up to date.

Physical contact with the spiritual existence is an impossibility. Spiritual transcendence of a person's spirit into a "Dimensional Beyondness" has been accepted by believers to have been achieved by most well known religious leaders. Many were Spiritual Transcendentalists who have changed the course of mankind and have been known as individuals who have attempted to correct what they saw...