Self Reliance And Ralph Waldo Emerson Analysis

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In the James Harvey Robinson story “On Various Kinds of Thinking” and the Ralph Waldo Emerson story “Self Reliance” both of the authors talk about the different ways people process information. Along with this, the two authors address how people pursue knowledge in different ways. For Robinson, he proves that people do not only apply their minds to work ideas out, but also the persuasion of others. On the other hand, Emerson states that we have learned to follow since it is all we have ever known and do not wish to risk stepping out of our comfort zones. Both of these authors write about similar ways of learning, but their ways also differentiate from each other.
From Robinson’s point of view, he states that people learn in different ways.
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This system is that when these derivative people learn something they tend to believe it due to this generation’s narrow-mindedness. Also, if someone learns something people have learned for years they are more likely to follow along with it and not disagree with what other reasons there may be. For example, the way learning is in school has not changed for years and when asked why it is this way the response is often a, “we have always done it this way” or “this is what works best and there is no need to change.” But why can people not change how the jaded way they learn if it is to help us flourish and enhance our knowledge in the long run. If the ways that people use now are execrable for us, why we must still utilize these techniques? All of these questions add up to one thought, people do not open up their minds to new ideas and do not desire to consider what possibilities there could be if this generation would just change our…show more content…
For Robinson, he tells about how learning is in our minds and can be both good or real reasons. In comparison to Robinson, Emerson, tells us how generations such as this one fear to leave its methods behind and do not contemplate different ways to learn nor plan to leave our comfort zones. These writers have their differences on whether or not people for themselves or if people chose to believe those who influence them with their own strategies. However, both writers show us how learning is about what we make of it and people control what or how they choose to learn. At the abolishment of these stories, the readers are able to pick up on what it means to gather knowledge and whether or not they decide to choose for ourselves or follow what people before us have
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