Emerson believes self is spiritual and that your identity is found in your soul. He does not highlight the physical aspects of self, he instead just focuses on what is on the inside. Emerson states, “the soul raised over passion beholds identity and eternal causation, perceives the self-existence of Truth and Right, and calms itself with knowing that all things go well” (Emerson 29). Emerson is illustrating that the soul contains your identity, and therefore, your sense of self. Emerson is also explaining that the soul sees the truth, which Emerson believes is the key to living true to yourself as everyone is better off if they follow their own truths.
Found throughout the octave, the phrase “I love thee” is used not only to introduce Barrett’s numerous ways of loving Browning but to also emphasize and reinforce that love for him (Spacey). The same “I love thee” phrase is found in the sestet, and the question continues to be
He asserts that the unvarying and invisible Forms are the cause of all things that exist. He claims that all things have the qualities they do because they participate in certain Forms. The example he gives is that beautiful things participate in the Form of Beauty and are only beautiful because of their participation in this Form. Analogously, the soul participates in the Form of Life. It therefore follows that the soul can never die, it is immortal.
There are essentially two kinds of happiness: the first being an ordinary, and unreliable happiness formed on the reliance of physical comfort and artificial feelings. The other is a deep and lasting happiness which comes from within. This true happiness comes from a sense of inner complacency that is not dependent on external happenings. Exemplified by the stories of their lives, Hermann Hesse and Paulo Coelho channel the idea of the genuine existence of destiny, but also the continuous opportunity to this achieve happiness, in their works Siddhartha and The Alchemist. Using the wisdom the protagonists obtained from their own personal journeys, both Hesse and Coelho convey the great importance of sacrificing common human pleasures, such as
This selfishness is what eventually prompts Equality to look at his reflection in awe, create electrical lighting with his ingenuity, and, lastly, love Liberty. By recognizing and accepting these individual strengths, interests, and desires, Equality is victorious in freeing himself from collectivism. Man only comprehends rigid conformity. Nevertheless, Equality is “not like that of our brothers” (19), with a grand stature, a fascinating face, and straight capable arms resting at his sides. His distinctive features, are however, not just arbitrary.
When discord occurs in The Silmarillion, it is said to prove still the world more beautiful and to create an even more phenomenal world than the one in existence. “...no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful… ”(The Silmarillion 17). It is said to create this beautiful world because even the discord was part of the plan in making the world wonderful.
In doing so, Austen showed that a person can be inadequate in all aspects besides those of spirit and still be worthy, valuable, and loved. There is a larger lesson underneath all this context, and it has to do with the qualities of joy and virtue. Catherine, with all her inadequacies, is proof that one does not need to be pious or attentive in order to achieve goodness and happiness, because goodness and happiness are intrinsic. Inner peace is not a collateral result of other qualities. It is obtained individually, throughout wholesome authenticity, even when life seems to indicate
There are the natural and necessary desires, unnecessary and natural desires, and unnatural and unnecessary desires. Epicurus makes the difference between necessary and unnecessary desires very clear. Necessary desires produce happiness, such as desiring to be free of physical pain, or desiring inner peace. He writes that “the end of all our actions is to be free from pain and fear, and once this is
According to Mill, the sole proof that the general happiness is desirable is that people actually desire happiness, in which I find this point a strong one. The fact that humans desire happiness is the only proof that utilitarianism can provide because proof belongs in the domains of science. However, humans desire happiness and the happiness of others, and this is the only and strong proof that can be shown. “The only proof that a sound is audible is that people hear it…