Self Reliance : What Does It Mean? Essay

1181 Words Dec 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Nonconformity, “let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine."(Henry David Thoreau) what does it mean when he says that? Maybe he means that let your life be a good one, instead of a bad one.
When reading “self-reliance” I personally thought it meant to reflect on the wrong choices you have made when you were younger and as you get older focus on the future and make better choices. But in Emerson’s story “self-reliance” he states that “To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, - that is genius."(Ralph Emerson) He says that “self-reliance” is basically the reliance on someone 's own thoughts and ideas.
Self-reliance “As a youth, we act with independence and irresponsibility, and issue verdicts based on our genuine thought. We are unencumbered by thoughts about consequences or interests. However, as we grow older, society teaches us to curb our thoughts and actions, seek the approval of others, and concern ourselves with names, reputations, and customs. What some would call "maturity," Emerson would call "conformity."(Ralph Waldo Emerson) It 's important because everybody makes mistakes when you 're younger and when you get older that 's when you should fix your mistakes.
Free Thought quotes and what it means to me. “Let every man make known what kind of government would command hos respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.” (Henry David Thoreau) what that quote means to me is that…

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