“Self-Reliance” is an 1841 essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes: the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his own instincts and ideas.
One must remember what was going on during this time. There were heated debates and some cases of violence over the issue of whether or not slavery could be abolished.
The modern era faces many of the same factors listed in “Self-Reliance”.
This is much easier said than done. One can only follow their full liberties in life if there are no hindrances such as race, gender or some cases national origin. It’s a thoughtful essay that all depends upon one’s station in life.
I’m not saying one couldn’t be self reliance but I think it’s wise to realistic about it. Does the opportunity arise to be self-reliance? If not then ask yourself why not?
The opportunity to carry out things ordained by one’s own instinct must arrive and be freely granted without hindrance before one can not conform to the norms of society. And even as late as 2021 many have never experienced that freedom.