Emerson's Analysis Of Seeking Your Inner Genius

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Seeking Your Inner Genius
It is very difficult for people to trust themselves. According to Emerson, one thing that precludes us from believing in the integrity of our own minds is our sense of smallness and inferiority. Comparing ourselves with the great schemes of history like the ones we had read so far and with the so-called great men who have gone before us, we feel terribly insignificant. Emerson argues that this attitude is fundamentally wrong. These geniuses, rather than making us feel inferior, should inspire us to seek our own greatness. “Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every man is unique. The Scipionism of Scipio was
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We seek to make our thoughts agree with one another and to stand firmly for one clear, logically consistent idea. Emerson seeks to persuade us that such adherence to consistency has no value. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” he says. Speak what you think now with harsh words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in harsh words again, though it contradict everything you said today” (1874). For Emerson there is no reason why we should not change our minds; rather than standing in one place by clinging to our ideas, we must be willing to embrace the new revelations that come to us. It is like that of the great leaders we have read about so far, which came to be known due to the fact that they did not change due to others rather they firmly believed in what they were doing. This indeed is what made them well known today and made them icons of American Literature. For it is important to be firm in our convictions, even if we may change them, and to make sure we truly believe in the principles by which we claim to live. Ralph Waldo Emerson does not embody the typical mainstream American attitude. His individualism is very different from material beliefs and social climbing advocated by the American Dream. Opposing such well-established institutions as organized religion, he is a rebel who has never been accepted by everyone. And yet, his cheerfulness and …show more content…
He also shines a light on negative subjects like envy, ignorance, the fallacy of travel, conformity, being misunderstood, and group think. When you boil it down, Emerson is trying to make a case for individual heroism. He believes great people have a duty to stand out from the conformist sheep herd and earn their value through action or good deeds. This is no doubt good advice, but it also requires a great deal of courage. He also believes that this process is worth the social cost of misunderstanding and alienation from family. In his view, no other human, be it family or lover, is a substitute for the sublime transcendence of

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