Moby-Dick - Paranormal Activity

Nature: it’s the only path you can take to God without that whole pesky “death” thing.

LiteratureMoby-Dick

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of people hunting whales three hundred plus years ago fog

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on and there's you know the moon's out and you've

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got tons of animals water their creator of half of

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them think are haunted on they would hear stories about

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squids attacking codes and pulling them over probably didn't happen

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but the amount of fear would lead you to almost

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this belief that this weird paranormal activity so talk to

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us about what does all that mean Is that just

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the kind so terrified being out on a boat drunk

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and like hunting for whales that he has no like

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what's up or down Or because in practical reality i

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could imagine captains and the crew being absolutely terrified going

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out hunting whales for a living So absolutely and you

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know one the way that the's sailors kind of reconcile

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all this you know supernatural stuff is that they see

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in nature away teo Get to god we come back

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to work Transcendentalism What does that mean Give us three

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Transcendentalism is the belief that we get to god through

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nature that's basically what it comes down to when you

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hear the word transcendentalism you think of guys like emerson

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and thoreau and they're like of cheery is the right

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word but their light like you read their stuff and

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it's like nature so pretty and i'm calm and everything's

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great You read moby dick Not the case Very dark

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scary spooky But it is a transcendentalist novel because again

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there's so many metaphors ocean is means this and the

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whales mean this and so on and so forth Every

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natural image in the book somehow corresponds to religious imagery

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And the idea is that by hunting this whale they

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have is trying to get closer to god by saying

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no you can't control me And then we have the

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biblical language used to describe the harpoon er's and the

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imagery of like the waves always evoke god and it's

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basically every time you come across a natural image your

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mind just runs immediately to religion and that's what transcendentalism

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is all about got it so the paranormal activity that

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is behind all of this is that this god like

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force you know it's almost if the weather is protecting

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the whale or it's like they're playing with boats and

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it's all your all calvinist sort of they just acting

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in a play that's been pre written and someone else

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is just laughing at the whole set of exactly and

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this isn't something that's you know unique necessarily to the

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transcendentalist because you think of the romantics who were all

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about the sublime this idea that like when you were

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when when you we're presented with amazing feats of nature

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you felt closer to god you were kind of just

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in awe of it and that's exactly what's happening here

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These guys are in the middle of the ocean Some

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large percent of humans live on land right Ninety something

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percent on and so they're in the middle of the

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ocean This is totally unknown territory its vast it's amazing

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and they're presented with this huge ocean going for like

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nantucket to japan basically on dh there in all that

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the idea is that this is kind of going bring

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them the these images kind of Bring them and invoke

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god on religion a lot more What's the importance of

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the supernatural elements in the novel What is transcendentalism How

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does transcendentalism play into the novel Has nothing to do 00:03:52.687 --> [endTime] with teeth people