Essay on The Apology And Emerson 's Self Reliance

1797 Words Oct 13th, 2016 8 Pages
In Plato’s Apology and Emerson’s Self-Reliance, they both talk about the idea of becoming an independent thinker. Emerson claims that people should break away from the conventionality of society, and become independent people who trust themselves to get their power. In the Apology, Socrates claims that he would not have changed anything about the way he lived his life because he relied on himself and his daimon for his knowledge and understanding of the world. While I agree with Plato and Emerson about self-reliance, I claim that I should avoid conforming to society so that I don’t need to worry about what others think because I can choose to follow my own wants and beliefs. Throughout the essay, it is clear that Emerson wants people to become independent from the rest of society. He says, “The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs” (Emerson 3). Here, Emerson is saying that self-reliance is the opposite of conformity, or following others. One must get rid of the habits of conformity in order to rely on one’s self. The names and customs, or things habitually repeated without thought, must be abolished to stop being the same as everyone else, and in order to get rid of the habits of conforming to society, one must become an independent thinker. I agree with Emerson in the notion that people are constantly conforming to society by repeating actions without thinking about them. Becoming…

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