According to Aristotle , a man that has natural... ... middle of paper ... ...cates the level of concern and the importance he has in his heart for friendship. If we compare “Of Friendship” to Bacon’s other essays, it has more in-depth explanations over the topic, which either shows that the writer is spiritually connected to the topic or the topic is sensitive it-self and demands better understanding. The essay bear witness to Bacon’s learned mind in the extensive use of quotations and allusions drawn from various sources and classical fables. It was a natural incident of this dispersed way of writing that the expression of each thought should have a felicity of its own, independent of its relation to the others; and Bacon did not mar this by trying to force them into a arrangement such as they might have had if one had risen out of another in an extended stretch of thought. If we forget this, we are about to do another injustice to Bacon,
“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.“ In other words, in order to be a part of something, particularly in this case the society, man has lost his individual identity. Thus, concludes Emerson, man is dependent on others for his own identity. Emerson obviously believes that man should not settle for becoming what society has already prescribed for him. It is apparent that he feels that too often we are smothered by what other people believe and think and lose sight of the fact that we all have minds of our own and we should not fear independence. By letting yourself conform to what society believes or by living yo... ... middle of paper ... ...s life was to teach us for not making compromises just in order to fit in.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance" Ralph Waldo Emerson believes he writes quite the persuading argument in 'Self-Reliance.' Wielding his pen as if it were Excalibur, he vies to stimulate and challenge the down-trodden mind in his classic work on the American Spirit. His lines are affecting, romantic, and hypnotic, especially at the first reading; his thoughts on the page beget inspiration for the reader. 'Self-Reliance' has its value in its boldness, its construction, and mature attitudes toward consistency and failure. In addition, Emerson's confident logic seems impregnable.
Striking a balance between solitude and society is difficult because "solitude is impracticable, and society fatal." (Society and Solitude) But this Thinking is not solely his own; Socrates once said, “To find yourself, think for yourself.” In one of his most influential works, Self-Reliance Emerson once said that “It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. (Self-Reliance)” "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." - H.D. Thoreau
We develop an opinion of what makes a person “great.” In the well-known essay “Self-Reliance”, Ralph Waldo Emerson provides a beautiful way of approaching these choices, and he reveals a very inspiring set of values centralized around going through life answering only to yourself. I love the way Emerson evaluates the society we live in, and how he radically encourages being misunderstood and nonconformist. Emerson, like myself, exhibits values of saying exactly what you think and living only by what you believe to be the best. If I can successfully shape my life around ideas of self-reliance I can be exactly who I want to be. I look around me and don’t want to conform to society’s standards, I recognize that there is an easy way out, but try my best to remain true to myself by following my heart with pure conviction.
He is intensely critical of society as a whole, but believes that a man can change himself. He wrote with an encouraging tone that was also insightful to common behavior. Emerson was generally sanguine but was also pragmatic as necessary. His works incorporate a personal tone which helps to relate the reader and author. Many common aphorisms are excerpts from his work.
From analyzing the text, it is apparent that the Underground Man values reason, but he also sees it as incomplete and an underestimation of the power of free will. The Underground Man’s is not extreme, but quite moderate, because he does see values in reason, and he constantly exhibit logical thinking in his words. For instance, he emphasizes his role as an intellectual multiple times, and he often scorns the “stupid” for not thinking logically. He said, “I exercise myself in every primary cause at once draws after itself another still more primary, and so on to infinity.” (Dostoyevsky, 12) This explanation of his way of thinking clearly illustrated logic and reason. Furthermore, he admits the importance of reason: “You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there is no disputing that, […]” (Dostoyevsky, 19) As an criticize of reason, he did not bluntly reject it.
The union of many individual ideas into overarching rules and values reduces the majority to a state of quiet resignation. Pressures to conform over differences large and small results in complacent cooperation with ways of life unsuitable for the specific needs of differing individuals. The inherent goodness and divinity of humans is corroded by societal pressure to conform to a way of life conflicting with the inimitable values ingrained within the individual. The goodness of humanity lies within the uniqueness and beauty of the individual. In spite of his position as minister, Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke out in his skepticism of church doctrine and pursued a career as a philosopher and writer.
Though his dazzle and extravagance are not for the uncommitted, as his work requires some research (cosmology, cartography, contemporary politics, law, logic, physiology, etc. ), his poetry is united by a sense of urgency of mind and spirit. Though Ben Johnson predicted Donne’s poetry would perish for want of “being understood”, it is this very want that results from his use of the metaphysical that allows him to effectively teach and delight his audiences. In T.S. Eliot’s support of metaphysical poets, he pointed out that, “Our civilization comprehends great variety and comple... ... middle of paper ... ...ecurrent and startling as those of phrasing.
Michel de Montaigne The world is a place of chaos nowadays. At every turn of a corner, there is desolation triggered from humanity's sidetracked views of what the world is about. With all this deception and superficiality, pureness in the human soul seems almost non-existent. Michel de Montaigne recognizes the essential need of this purity for the improvement of society in his Essays. Although the main topics he is focusing own are his own nature, own habits, and own opinions, he uses these personal vignettes to illustrate larger truths about man and his behaviors, his strengths and weaknesses.