Individualism is a big part in transcendentalism because we the transcendentalist wanted to be ourselves and do what we liked . The civilians at the time didn't like what we were doing because they thought it made the us look like criminals and just plain looking weirdos at the time. The civilians even put Thoreau in jail because of this. Even though the people didn't accept our ideas and beliefs we didn't give up and continued to do what we believed and wanted.
Knowledge is another big part in what transcendentalist believe in because we believe that knowledge helps us learn more about ourselves to fully become our own perfect selves meaning that once you become your perfect self you then can have a fully happy life and death .