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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Man Thinking

man thinking emerson

Emerson would in 1835 refuse a call as minister to East Lexington Church but did preach there regularly until 1839. A strange process too, this by which experience is converted into thought, as a mulberry-leaf is converted into satin. These ideas are not doing any good to the human and a man is too scared to speak or go against them. Both characters hold different physical, mental and spiritual self-values. {8} 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 look upon the discontent of the literary class, as a mere announcement of the fact, that they find themselves not in the state of mind of their fathers, and regret the coming state as untried; as a boy dreads the water before he has learned that he can swim. Dooley is a sophomore at Keene State College who is apart of the Keene State Owls Ice Hockey Club.

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KARTHICK RAMACHANDRAN: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The American Scholar”

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The scholar is indeed depicted as the source of the intellectual soil that will bring the society forward. Emerson achieved some reputation with his verse, corresponded with many of the leading intellectual and artistic figures of his day, and during an off and on again career as a Unitarian minister, delivered and later published a number of controversial sermons. I would not be hurried by any love of system, by any exaggeration of instincts, to underrate the book. The preamble of thought, the transition through which it passes from the unconscious to the conscious, is action. These being his functions, it becomes him to feel all confidence in himself, and to defer never to the popular cry. In proportion to the completeness of the distillation, so will the purity and imperishableness of the product be. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2003.

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo

man thinking emerson

Man Thinking must not be subdued by his instruments. Parrots are so simple minded that they cannot even form their own opinions or ideas, and just mock other people's. Emerson delineates how man replaces a real event or action with its image or record which then becomes an object to be worshipped and defended against attacks from heretics: The sacredness which attaches to the act of creation,--the act of thought,--is transferred to the record. As no air-pump can by any means make a perfect vacuum, so neither can any artist entirely exclude the conventional, the local, the perishable from his book, or write a book of pure thought, that shall be as efficient, in all respects, to a remote posterity, as to cotemporaries, or rather to the second age. Each age must create its own books and find its own truths for itself.


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Emerson, American Scholar

man thinking emerson

. One of these signs is the fact, that the same movement which effected the elevation of what was called the lowest class in the state, assumed in literature a very marked and as benign an aspect. The remaining five paragraphs relate an allegory that underlies the discussion to follow. I launch eagerly into this resounding tumult. Such an attempt, of course, must have difficulty, which no genius could surmount. 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. With the views I have intimated of the oneness or the identity of the mind through all individuals, I do not much dwell on these differences.

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Emerson, American Scholar

man thinking emerson

But suddenly, without observation, the selfsame thing unfurls beautiful wings, and is an angel of wisdom. The tradesman scarcely ever gives an ideal worth to his work, but is ridden by the routine of his craft, and the soul is subject to dollars. Our affections as yet circulate through it. Not so, brothers and friends,—please God, ours shall not be so. An active person has a richer existence than a scholar who merely undergoes a second-hand existence through the words and thoughts of others. They are often virtually disfranchised; and, indeed, there are advocates for their celibacy.

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Emerson, American Scholar

man thinking emerson

They impress us with the conviction, that one nature wrote and the same reads. Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. The world of any moment is the merest appearance. Him nature solicits with all her placid, all her monitory pictures; him the past instructs; him the future invites. Humans tend to forget how connected we truly are to nature by splitting the human world from the earth in its entirety making much of what we are connected to directly unimportant. Many times man is unable to change anything around his life because of the age old ideas and tradition. The one thing in the world of value is the active soul.

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Emerson, American 1837

man thinking emerson

Hence, the book-learned class, who value books, as such; not as related to nature and the human constitution, but as making a sort of Third Estate with the world and the soul. Authors we have, in numbers, who have written out their vein, and who, moved by a commendable prudence, sail for Greece or Palestine, follow the trapper into the prairie, or ramble round Algiers, to replenish their merchantable stock. Emerson was one of five surviving sons who formed a supportive brotherhood, the financial and emotional leadership of which he was increasingly forced to assume over the years. It presently learns, that, since the dawn of history, there has been a constant accumulation and classifying of facts. He cannot unfold, he cannot live without a world. We hear, that we may speak. The fundamental knowledge of nature that circulates through him is the basis of all human knowledge but cannot be distinguished, in Emerson's thought, from divine understanding.

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Digital Emerson

man thinking emerson

Only so much do I know, as I have lived. At the time, women were barred from higher education, and scholarship was reserved exclusively for men. Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. Who can doubt that poetry will revive and lead in a new age, as the star in the constellation Harp, which now flames in our zenith, astronomers announce, shall one day be the pole-star for a thousand years? In this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect. As the world was plastic and fluid in the hands of God, so it is ever to so much of his attributes as we bring to it. What a testimony, — full of grandeur, full of pity, is borne to the demands of his own nature, by the poor clansman, the poor partisan, who rejoices in the glory of his chief.

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Thinking with Emerson

man thinking emerson

There are creative manners, there are creative actions, and creative words; manners, actions, words, that is, indicative of no custom or authority, but springing spontaneous from the mind's own sense of good and fair. Our age is bewailed as the age of Introversion. I would not be hurried by any love of system, by any exaggeration of instincts, to underrate the Book. Or, I might say, it depends on how far the process had gone, of transmuting life into truth. They are for nothing but to inspire. Each philosopher, each bard, each actor has only done for me, as by a delegate, what one day I can do for myself. He believed that human beings had amazing capabilities, more than they can possibly know about.

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