Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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.

Online photocopy of the book

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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2 Responses to Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. kinge says:

    Well said. We should learn to believe in ourselves and forge our own paths

    Liked by 1 person

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