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While reading Ralph Waldo Emersons Selected Essays The American Scholar I personally could not really understand the essay I really need more time to process and study the messages Emerson wanted the readers to understand However I understood when Emerson said that In self-trust all the virtue are comprehended If a person wants to live a full and virtues that person should conduct their life by having good morals and ethical principles at all times to be free from chaos Having chaos in ones life is confusion and anger because the individual cannot process anything Living a life of chaos is unhealthy but to be virtuous is peace Right now my life is chaotic but someday I want to live a virtuous life but in order for me to obtain my virtue I have to complete my college degree to take my life to the next level to have my virtuous peace For me having virtue is purchasing a house that I own without the help of a loan or a mortgage However Emerson mention the word comprehended Comprehended means to understand the nature of the meaning of something When Emerson speaks of the word nature is he really speaking about people upbringing genetic make-up or just the meaning of the way the a person learns or understands a lesson I really think I understood what Emerson said but the question is am I wrong Emerson explained in the essay that we are the cowed we the trustless and to ignorance and sin it is flint If a person does not have an understanding and confidence then fear and ignorance will replace the lesson learned If someone is ignorant the person will not change their way of thinking and the person will never understand the lessons Ignorant people never what to listen to what no one has to say also ignorant people think they know it all To be ignorant is to have
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