Emerson And Thoreau's Ideas

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What Technology Can’t Do How would you feel if you were a basketball player that was forced to play soccer? You would feel all out of sorts, of course! This is similar to what society is pushing us to do in today’s world. “Who cares about the past, we need new innovations for the future,” Society says, just as the coach says to the basketball player, “We don’t care what you played last year. This year we need you to play soccer.” Can you imagine if the basketball coach said that to the whole team? The soccer team would have a rough year just as some students in our schools are having to use more and more technology, when their brains are not designed for that. As our ever changing world becomes more technologically advanced there is still …show more content…
Although Emerson and Thoreau’s ideas may not benefit us in many of our our careers, there is still much value in reading their works even in today’s highly technological world because it may inspire those who want to break free from society’s guidelines, the world would be much less divided if we followed their ideas, and American people need to learn to become …show more content…
Emerson even wrote an essay upon it called “Self-Reliance” which tells his readers to not conform and encourages self discovery. No matter what, with or without technology, every single one of us needs to be able to think and live independently and “Self-Reliance” can give you the knowledge and confidence to do so. Emerson believes that you should strive to be different and to be yourself and that “Imitation is suicide” (“Self-Reliance” 1) because if you are trying to be like other people you are killing your true self. If we would listen to Emerson, everyone would be much happier being themselves instead of trying to conform to the world and doing things they don’t like just so their outer appearance looks appealing to society. He talks about conformity many times throughout his essay and states that it’s okay to be different. In fact, he even goes so far as to say “To be great is to be misunderstood,” (“Self-Reliance” 2) which means that you're learning new things and doing things that some people may not understand because they’re not at the same intellectual level that you are yet. We see this example in Thoreau’s life when people didn't understand what Thoreau was doing when he went off to live alone. Although you can learn how to think

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