Emerson also uses repetition to emphasize his belief that truly complete men are not tied to any one job or profession. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the central figure of the Transcendental movement, not only impacted our society, but also pushed people to dream big and strive for the impossible. Parrots are far and away the worst, in Emerson's opinion. Nature then becomes to him the measure of his attainments. Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by over influence.
History and exact science he must learn by laborious reading. Be crazy and misunderstood, the misunderstood of today is the genius of tomorrow. In its grub state it cannot fly, it cannot shine, it is a dull grub. We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds. Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds. Repetition is a way of conforming.
To the young mind everything is individual, stands by itself. Emerson wants a true scholar to get rid of the past ideas that is degrading the life of the society. Man Thinking must not be subdued by his instruments. But suddenly, without observation, the selfsame thing unfurls beautiful wings, and is an angel of wisdom. The odds are that the whole question is not worth the poorest thought which the scholar has lost in listening to the controversy. I think that's a l … ittle to much. Whatsoever oracles the human heart, in all emergencies, in all solemn hours, has uttered as its commentary on the world of actions, — these he shall receive and impart.
One must be an inventor to read well. It is a mischievous notion that we are come late into nature; that the world was finished a long time ago. Like Homer he had at his command all the riches of a new language undefiled by usage from which to choose. Worse yet, he must accept—how often! Public and private avarice make the air we breathe thick and fat. Do we fear lest we should outsee nature and God, and drink truth dry? Although he his advocating pure thought, by writingdown his thoughts, he is helping to contribute to the massive amounts of mere thinkers who will hear his ideas and beinfluenced by them. I only would say that it needs a strong head to bear that diet.
Thought and knowledge are natures in which apparatus and pretension avail nothing. In silence, in steadiness, in severe abstraction, let him hold by himself; add observation to observation, patient of neglect, patient of reproach, and bide his own time,—happy enough if he can satisfy himself alone that this day he has seen something truly. The state of society is one in which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk and strut about so many walking monsters,—a good finger, a neck, a stomach, an elbow, but never a man. And labor is everywhere welcome; always we are invited to work; only be this limitation observed, that a man shall not for the sake of wider activity sacrifice any opinion to the popular judgments and modes of action. He is the world's heart.
The state of society is one in which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk and strut about so many walking monsters,--a good finger, a neck, a stomach, an elbow, but never a man. These in most countries were three--nobles, clergy, and commons, the commons being the third estate. Ralph Waldo Emerson was influenced by his upbringing, experiences, philosophers, members of the Transcendentalist group, and the world around him. The preamble of thought, the transition through which it passes from the unconscious to the conscious, is action. I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The dread of man and the love of man shall be a wall of defense and a wreath of joy around all.
But the final value of action, like that of books, and better than books, is that it is a resource. So much only of life as I know by experience, so much of the wilderness have I vanquished and planted, or so far have I extended my being, my dominion. Probably no other philosopher has contributed so much as Plato to the moral and intellectual training of the human race. The last section is devoted to what Emerson considers the duties of the scholar and his views of America in his own time. Colleges are built on it.
His mother, Ruth Emerson, took the family to Concord in 1814. Its goal is the creation of a democratic nation. Every day, men and women, conversing, beholding and beholden. We all know that as the human body can be nourished on any food, though it were boiled grass and the broth of shoes, so the human mind can be fed by any knowledge. I believe man has been wronged; he has wronged himself. Without it, he is not yet man.
I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. What would we really know the meaning of? They impress us with the conviction, that one nature wrote and the same reads. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. If Emerson criticizes much of human life, he nevertheless devotes most of his attention to the virtues. Original essay published in 1837.
They had many gods assigned to different facets of nature and the gods were responsible for; therefore, everything in nature was directly related to one god or another. One must be an inventor to read well. The books which once we valued more than the apple of the eye, we have quite exhausted. Instantly it is raised, transfigured; the corruptible has put on incorruption. Descartes began his speculations from a standpoint of absolute doubt.