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Perfectionism as defined in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is the quality or state of being saintly and perfect as a freedom from fault or defect as well as an exemplification of supreme excellence and an unsurpassable degree of accuracy There are many times in a persons life when they must gain perfection in order to be complete Ralph Waldo Emerson explains his perfection of soul in his famous essay Self-RelianceEmerson was born in 1803 in Massachusetts He graduated and became a minister Emerson left his pastorate because of doctrinal disputes with his superiorswww2lucidcafecom He decided to take a year and a half off and travel to Europe While in Europe he learned many new things about his inner self both strengths and weaknesses Upon his return Emerson stopped preaching for Christianity and began preaching for the people Many people began to view him as either a radical or a conservative radical This did not bother Emerson as he was doing this for himself to be a true perfectionistEmerson tries to believe in himself For the only way to become a true perfectionist is to believe in your body mind and soul not someone elses Society is plagued by the same theme meaning that many people tend to loose sight of their own ideas to grasp the ideas and beliefs that everybody else seems to have Emerson tries to relay Gods message of individualism not to conform to what the people believe but what a single person believes This is what I believe and how I interpret what Emerson is trying to prove the meaning of a true perfectionist Throughout the essay Emerson discusses ways to gain perfection He as well understands that there are many obstacles that one must work through in order to gain the desired perfection In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty 176 Every obstacle can
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