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Ralph Emerson wrote many journals and essays dealing with the subject of transcendentalism One of his most famous works is the essay Self-Reliance In Self-Reliance Emerson hit on the idea that the individual should be completely reliant on God and that every person has been put into their certain life and position by God and that the person needs to trust themselves He said that God has put the power to handle things think and act into each individual and that the individual needs to trust what God has put inside them to do things with their lives The idea is almost that of predestination except for the fact that we have the choice of which road to take Predestination is the idea that a higher power or God has planned everything that will happen to a person in their life Emersons idea is that God has put the choice to us but he has given us all of our unique gifts for the paths we can choose to take In Self-Reliance Emerson wrote Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron string Accept the place the divine providence has found for you the society of your contempararies the connection of events Runes 362 Emerson also gave the idea of trusting ourselves throug Word Count 213 ers 363 Another quote from his popular essay Self-Reliance supports this And we are now men and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny and not minors and invalids in a protected corner not cowards fleeing before a revolution but guides redeemers and benefactors obeying the Almighty effort and advancing on Chaos and the Dark 363 Emerson also had the idea that we need to be ourselves especially in the things that we say Again from the popular essay Self-Reliance he spoke about how we need to say what we think one day and then speak what
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