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EMERSON VS FRANKLIN When we try to compare Emersons concept of the educated person to Benjamin Franklins view one thing stands out Emerson is of mind and spirit in all that you do and Franklin was more go by the books when it comes to education Emerson believes that books are useful as long as readers maintain their own creativity and independence of thought The thinking reader refers the knowledge to the understanding of nature and the human constitution but Franklins view is one must learn from what is taught and that is that its set in stone For Emerson education you learn must become a thought and in turn must turn into an action in order for it to be useful As Franklin was not a religious man Emerson is more so Here Emerson criticizes the limitations of the schools and points toward a beneficial spiritual education The great object of Education should be commensurate with the object of life It should be a moral one to teach self-trust to inspire the youthful man with an interest in himself with a curiosity touching his own nature to acquaint him with the resources of his mind and to teach him that there is all his strength and to inflame him with a piety towards the Grand Mind in which he lives Thus would education conspire with the Divine Providence Emerson I believe is trying to point out that you need to see beyond the text that lies on the pages Education is good but do not limit yourself Franklin and Emerson felt the more you read the more educated you became but I do not believe Franklin thought outside of the books in which he read until his scientist years When Franklin used his knowledge to invent other things in which were not known at the time I believe he was becoming one with his nature I do not think it is to the
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