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Self-reliance according to World EnglishDictionary is the ability to make your owndecisions confidently and independentlyFor Emerson the religion of each person lay inthe individuality that might be wanted in a freesociety In the work Self Reliance Emersonwanted people to value their freedom he wantedthem to be independent in their individual livesHe expressed his optimistic faith in the power ofindividual achievement and originality He alsoconsidered the overelaborate need to discover anddevelop a relationship with nature and with GodEmerson stated a very interesting point howeverhe was not quit right In my opinion a personcannot survive just by depending on himself Toomuch self-reliance often leads to undesirableconsequences Once an individual becomes awarethat he can think his life will mean nothingunless he feels that he is aspiring to somethingbetter not in the sense of his egoisticinterests but in the sense of the better goal ofthe society striving for that common great causeAn idea of individualism is deeply embedded inAmerican culture Thus theres no doubt thatpeople tend to be overly optimistic Forinstance most people believe deep down that theyare less likely to get hit by a bus or to bemugged than their neighbors are Such optimismisnt necessarily bad it lets people cope withlifes uncertainties However optimism can havean adverse effect on certain decisions if peopleSelf-reliance can also lead to overconfidenceMost people who are self-reliant are alsooverconfident in their own abilities Individualscan overestimate their own abilities or knowledgeas well as the precision of their information Essentially a man is created by nature but itssociety that develops and shapes him A wellknown Russian author AN Tolstoy wrote Anindividual cannot be happy if cast out of societyany more than a plant can live if torn out of theearth and thrown on barren sand Thus I can saythat if you seclude yourself from people youhave nothing to live for A person who isself-reliant becomes isolated with time hestarts to think that theres no one better thanhim In consequence a person who sets himselfapart from
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