Emerson states that a man has to form his own opinions about the world in which he resides in. If a man uses the world’s beliefs, he loses his own, forcing him to give up the opportunity of individuality and conform to society. Finally, Emerson encourages individuals to live freely without regard to the common standards that society places: “life is not an apology, but a life… it is for itself and not for a spectacle… Life should be unique” (557). Emerson implies that every life is special, automatically making it different. One should embrace this difference and not be concerned with society’s ridicules.
Words from “Self- reliance” by Emerson that talks about conforming to society is, “I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius.”(Emerson, 245) this quote is talking about how we if we don't use our own originality then we won't reach enlightenment because of the word admonition it was used in this quote as a moral failure to get to enlightenment. One of the many examples of how we are not being original, are reboots of old movies.
A third transcendental ideal that Young represents is individualism. According to Emerson, “To be great is to be misunderstood” (“Self-Reliance” 555). By this quote, Emerson means that individuality is important for every person to know and be themselves. Young was one of the first worldwide musicians to write electronic pop music that ended up on the radio. According to Owl City’s website, Young “quietly became one of pop’s most ubiquitous voices, selling over 2.5 million albums and 18 million singles globally” (“About Owl City”).
Imagine living long ago when there was no technology no cars nothing we have now a days but people are still the same because they let others opinions affect them but one man who went against that and was telling people to just do you and do whatever tiy feel like doing because it’s the smartest thing you can do.In “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson he talks about how you should believe in yourself and what you are doing, Throughout his text, By using pathos he develops these idea of individuality and he does this by saying how he feels about these idea and he saying that he would go to jail for people who did what he was saying. Emerson establishes how importing believing in yourself is and how is the smartest thing you could do.In the first paragraph Emerson talks about to believe and he says “To believe your own thought ,to believe that what is
According to him, “a great man” would be the one, who in a large crowd, keeps his opinion and shows tenacity. The statement has a great moral- don’t follow the flock of sheep; it is true in many cases, and I agree with Emerson on this. However, another point Emerson tries to make is that a person should be himself. If his nature is similar to that of Narcissus, he/she should not try to change it, because that is what he/she is. The nature of a person, is the “centre of all things” (Emerson).
So I invited Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons into my home and engaged them in conversations regarding their beliefs, as well as entertaining dialogue with Roman Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Pentecostals and others. What I found to be amazing was the diversity of beliefs among persons claiming to follow the same deity. If you place the Holy Bible on a table and invite members of the abovementioned denominations to discuss various issues, you will never attain full concordance. So if this is the 'Word of God', why is it not straightforward, but open to so many different interpretations, resulting in division, acrimony, bigotry, a sense of entitlement, intolerance, human-rights abuses and even war? If you ask
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a writer, instructor, and originator of the Transcendentalist development. He turned out to be exceptionally regarded and appreciated man through his work in the field of writing in the 1800s. Ralph Waldo Emerson was the father of American Literary Renaissance. He wrote many essays including “Self Reliance” that changed the prospective of society. In "Self Reliance", Emerson passes on his philosophical thought that each person is self independent and every body is responsible for their own actions.
Is it so bad then to be misunderstood?...To be great is to be misunderstood,” indicating that people who stand by their individuality will be seen differently from everybody else, however, even if they are Emerson makes the point that people who go against societal beliefs are able to inspire others to do likewise. In Thoreau’s piece, he also uses repetition of the word, “government,” for instance, he states “I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect.” By repeating the word, government, Thoreau is able to embed his ideas to the readers, similar to the way Emerson does as
You can talk to God after reading verses in the Bible and meditating on them. I especially enjoy The Psalms or Proverbs and then connecting to God. Sometimes it is helpful to pray with your eyes open looking at a candle, picture of a Saint or Jesus, or a religious statue. Sometimes reading the prayers given to us by others, there are truly many beautiful inspirational prayers in this world. You can also write your thoughts or quietly sit and then write what God is actually telling you.