The American Transcendentalists were thinkers originally from New England that believed knowledge you acquire through your intuition is better than the one you gain from reason. They believed that people should be discovering themselves by connecting with nature and should think on an individualistic level. They adopted beliefs from the Hindus and the Buddhist religions such as pantheism, that says all things in the universe are connected to one divine entity. One of the most famous transcendentalists is Thoreau, who advocated self-reliance and practiced the literal form of transcendentalism by going back to live in nature. Transcendentalism has some influence on our modern day lives, such as those people who want to reject materialism and want to live a more spiritual life. What impressed me was the difference of opinion people can have when comes to their spiritual life. I agree with the fact that one shouldn’t be 100% materialistic in life, but I disagree with the idea that one should just go back to the forest and reject all technology.