They had only vague ideas and glittering generalizations, but no clear beliefs. I find it comical that someone can believe transcendentalism was "about truth" all philosophy and religion claims this. Other vague ideas include,1. "man is good", 2. "nature is good", 3. "science is ok but mysticism and intuition are more "true", 4. "individualism is good but so is being one with everything" (in otherwords there is no clear belief here). Transcendentalism is marked by claims that are filled with so many metaphors that they end up meaning nothing. This philosophy is perfect for the "status quo" tolerent hippies, who only claim to care about improving the world, but mostly just sit around in nature, experimenting with drugs and sex and think of themselves as so politically revolutionary and philosophically deep. Great for self deceivers too as with a little flowery language, one can rationalize *any* belief as a "transcendental truth" untestible by science as it was given to you by God.