Essay by EssaySwap ContributorHigh School, 12th grade February 2008

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I wrote this for my English III class. Since everyone knows that most of the people in this dicussion are students trying to plaigarize others for THEIR assignments, I figured I'd just bypass the altruist facade. Here it is. I don't know what grade I got on it yet, but it's pretty darn good. It explores arguments from transcendentalists, existentialists, and their intermediaries Poe and Melville. Woo.

Incidentally, I think that if you feel the need to just copy and paste this and turn it in on your own, instead of garnering information from it, that demonstrates very little faith in your own intelligence. That doesn't stop me from contributing to the immorality, but it's just a thought.

Perhaps it is an aftereffect of consciousness that humans have always sought a pretext for their existence, a conjunction of essence and physics that will ring true with the remaining vestige of the memory of our origin and arrival to self awareness, encoded indelibly into our collective awareness of self.

However, instead of a clear recollection of the derivation and way of our minds, we are left with the haunting feeling that the knowledge had been with us, and that the knowledge remains, just out of reach, hovering as an inchoate thought at the back of every mind on earth. Humankind has spent innumerable lifetimes devoted to regaining this, the true understanding. Even the most widespread religion is but a hypothesis, at best a theory, of that which we have lost.

One of these projections of organized postulation into the darkness was transcendentalism, a belief that the secret to existence was an ?inner light?. In 1833, an American male, disenchanted with the grisly rites of another widely accepted hypothesis, Christianity (in which the patron savior is consumed as an affirmation of faith),