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"Every young man is born with some determination in his nature, and is a potential genius." At first glance this quote produces a mix of emotions from the reader. Upon further investigation and examining the word choice one may find Emerson's statement to be completely valid. Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay titled "Education," uses the open words "some" and "potential," making the statement more realistic and ultimately true. When first reading this quote many thoughts go into the readers mind. How can one man make the assumption everyone is a genius? Everyone has seen the lackadaisical students that only try to get by in life and do the least amount of work possible, so how can Emerson, a philosopher, have the courage to risk his knowledgeable expertise to say everyone has determination, and the ability to become a genius? It is simple, he doesn't, although one might think he is due to inattentive reading. Emerson is not saying everyone is a genius and their all the same, he's simply implying all students share an opportunity at being the best they could possible be. If you continu...
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