Essay about Individualism And Its Impact On The Earth

1027 Words Nov 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Individualism is represented in eccentric people, people who set themselves apart from others. Many “individualists” are seen to be misunderstood at one point, but are soon understood and may become famously known worldwide. Some famously known individualists are “Socrates, Galileo, Newton”, Everett Ruess, and Chris McCandless. Each of these rugged individualists were all misunderstood at one point. Galileo made a ridiculous assumption, according to the church, that our solar system was heliocentric– all planets revolved around the sun.. It was traditionally known that our solar system was geocentric–all planets and the sun revolved around Earth. We now use Galileo’s “assumption” to teach American youth today about our solar system. Although the theme “misunderstanding” seems to accommodate Self-Reliance, Civil Disobedience, and Into the Wild, “individualism” seems to comply the three texts more efficiently.
In Self-Reliance, Emerson points out everyone has their own contrasting impressions or opinion, especially when based characteristics. “Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact , makes such impression on him, and another none” (Emerson 190). A certain person may be appealing to one, but that same said person may be unappealing to another. He writes, "The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray." (Emerson 190) This demonstrates that even eyes are able to represent their own individuality by having a choice whether or…

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