Self Reliance By Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

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In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance” he shares his transcendental ideals. His ideals about nature and man are Many of the ideals he presents are still very applicable. “Self Reliance” shows that nature is the true belief of transcendentalism and that man is wrong unless he follows his intuition. Emerson believes that you should take care of yourself rather than worry what others think.
“Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other.” Society is always changing, many advancements are happening but we are also losing many things. We as a society have gained a lot of intelligence on how to deal with social matters, and even though we still have a long way to go, we have also unlearned a lot of physical expectations. We used to have to work much harder physically and the work used to be more equal among humanity, now we have a 1% that has 99% of our money and people who have to work over 60 hours a week just to get by. Society has taught us that people on food stamps are lazy and do not deserve it, and sure some people do abuse the system, but millions of people would die without food stamps. We are taught to believe that in order to survive we have to pay thousands of dollars many of us simply do not have. Our society has made a lot of advancements in recent years on things like body acceptance and we have moved forward a little on race manners, we have taken a big step back in realizing the worth of every person. We as a society…

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