Echoing Transcendentalism Can you achieve a flowing, harmonious life without disconnecting each day’s thoughts and therefore allowing possible contradiction? Whitman and Emerson would answer no to this oxymoron type question. Both men wrote of transcendentalism, and believed that by allowing yourself to contradict with your past thoughts you will be able to grow as a man. In Emerson’s Self Reliance he explains how a man can achieve greatness by allowing contradiction within himself. His central ideals are reflected in these lines: “Speak what you think now in hard words.
In the excerpt of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “Self-Reliance,” 1841, his purpose is made manifest with mocking metaphors, and creates a candid tone. These components Emerson implements add up to the idea that, “to be great is to be misunderstood.” Emerson starts off this excerpt with “the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide…” These are such concrete metaphors that present a loaded concept. It seems Emerson believes envy is selfish, or even offensive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's statement about growth forgets the fact that most things cannot be mastered. Things like knowledge and athletic achievement can always be improved upon. No matter how good you are in your field, there is always room for improvement. Sports like swimming always have something you can improve on. If there is one thing swimming has taught me, it would be that there is always someone who is faster than you.
Emerson states one of his maxim as "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind". The following maxim means that one should not succumb to what society wants you to be but instead, one should follow their own path. A universal theme relating to this maxim can be perceived as human beings should follow their own way, mindset, or their sense of intuitive feeling. This maxim and its concept relates to the book,"The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail," by Emerson, which came from the Transcendentalism Era.
Wisdom, Walden, and Withdrawal “...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours,”( Thoreau 625). Henry David Thoreau shares his journey and experiences throughout Walden. Thoreau speaks greatly about the elements of self reliance and achieving goals. Several of Thoreau's lessons are still relevant in today's society, two of his fundamental ideas are that wisdom does not come from education and that loneliness is not the same thing as being alone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, asserted “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Throughout my high school career, I have always been an individual who follows. I relentlessly ask others “Are you going to the game tonight?” or “What are you wearing for the banquet?” I have never craved to stand out or do something out of the ordinary.
Transcendentalism increased in popularity during the 19th century with the help of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Emerson and Thoreau had both grown up in Massachusetts which contributed to them having similar ideas on the individual's self. Another reason for their similarities in their ideas was that Emerson had been a role model for Thoreau growing up. Transcendentalism was more than a philosophical and social movement, but as well as a religion. Both Emerson and Thoreau described how to use nature in order to become closer with God.
Today’s Dreamer In today’s society, people seem to rely on others more than they rely on themselves. People have seemed to lose sight of the actual important things in their lives such as self reliance. This is important because if a person is unable to rely on themselves then it will be more difficult to rely on others. America today is a country based upon people willing to help others.
Exercising your own ideals can be perceived as being rebellious in every society at time. People are expected to act, think, and behave in a way that safeguards everyone’s contentment. Ralph Waldo Emerson has a different view on this matter, in his essay Self-Reliance, he urges every individual to believe in their divine ideal and not to conform to society and its projections. In Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance”, he urges for every human being to rely on their own intelligence and the genius within to make decision for themselves and to be their true selves.
What remains the one saying that parents always tell their child? Get an education. Humans have heard it over and over again. One needs a good education to get anywhere in this world. The positive impact of education has proven as one of the most important factors for every human.