Essay about Emerson 's Views On The Over Soul

1146 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
The heaviest difference between the human race and all other creatures living on the face of the earth is our open-ended search for truth. We are not satisfied with the sole fact that we are here and that we exist. Deep inside the mind, or perhaps the heart of all men is a spirit that yearns for understanding his place in the universe. Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that the answers to these great questions could be found all around us. According to Emerson, all things under heaven are interdependently connected, like individual links to a great eternal chain. And to fully actualize oneself, man must become cognizant of this holy union, and submit himself to its divine path already placed before him. This interconnected union of all things in heaven and earth, Emerson referred to as, the Over-soul. Given the depth and breadth of this topic, I have decided to focus this essay on Emerson’s views on how to discover the over-soul, and unique our role within it.
To Emerson, The answers to all of the greatest and most profound questions of humanity could easily be found in nature. But this begs the question, if the answers are all around us, why is it that we have such trouble identifying them when they are presented? Emerson states, “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is he…

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