Emerson's View On Transcendentalism



“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide, that he must take himself, for better or worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.” (Emerson 20). This is a great quote in which Ralph Waldo Emerson gives one of the fundamental beliefs of transcendentalism. This quote shows how nothing in life has any meaning except for that which one personally works for. There is no meaning in stealing ideas from people or imitating that which one sees. Only when one can ...

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capabilities are. Thus, they would travel through life spiritually empty and have no substance in their life. Likewise, if a person goes through life having everything spoon-fed to them and never have to work for anything that is important to them, they will never truly experience satisfaction, an emotion of the soul.
These situations can be played out today. Some people are exceptionally intelligent people and have the gift of regurgitating information which they are expected to know. These people can easily succeed in high school where tests and quizzes are geared towards information which one must know. This person, however, will never have the experience of working and racking their brains to fully comprehend something or developing special study skills which work effectively for them. They would completely miss out on these soul-building activities if they never challenged themselves. Another example is an athlete who is not tremendously naturally gifted, but is ...

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