Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nonconformist

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, MA in 1803. At the age of fourteen he attended Harvard University. He graduated at the age of eighteen and started working as a school teacher. While teaching, he wrote his first book “Nature.” He continued to write and publish books and essays. His most famous essay is titled “Self Reliance.” Emerson is popularly referred to as the founder of the Transcendental Movement. The Transcendental Movement is a philosophical set of convictions that arose due to movement away from puritanical religious beliefs and toward a more nature centered, self reliant belief system. Charles May Ellis wrote in his “An Essay on Transcendentalism” that the term transcendentalism, “maintains that man has ideas, that come …show more content…
The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.” To have a strong government you need everyone to work together to accomplish security, establish rules and to keep the wave moving- nonconformists who follow Emerson’s ideas would not be part of the wave. Lara Buchanan once stated in her article “Why Non-Conformity is a good thing” that “We owe all progress, discoveries, and breakthroughs to those who had the courage to be different.” Being different, a non-conformist would resolve in a stronger government.
Self reliance is defined as the need for each individual to follow his or her own instincts and ideas. Everyone should be connected to nature to maintain peace of mind and individual mentality. Through a belief people should not conform to society but stay independent and embrace their own goals, beliefs, morals, and values. Many people tend to lean towards conformity, what everyone else is doing instead of standing their own
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If all people were honest with everyone we would know that we could trust one another choices and actions to be in the best interest. Albert Einstein once said “You never fail until you stop trying.” Along with that being said if everyone one is a conformist and followed the majority we wouldn't try our own things and ways.
Both Emerson’s “Self Reliance and Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” suggested social responsibility, non-conformity to society, and intuition. These were both well respected men who were insightful and gave people new ideas about nature and life itself. The government is best when it governs least- that perspective should still be applied to today's government. The government tries to constantly control every aspect of everyone's life. Thoreau explains, “ It should allow its people to decide major issues.” What the people must do is what concerns the people. It may possibly be a little harder but in the end you will always find them people who think they may know what is your duty better than you know it. It may be easy living under the worlds' opinion, it may be easy living under your own thoughts and beliefs, but in the end the greatest people keep perfect sweetness the independence of

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