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In society today it is very hard to be your own individual self We see people as either individualists or conformists If youre not with the in crowd then you are considered to be weird or un-cool Ralph Waldo Emersons essay Self-Reliance had several themes that focused on the topic of individualism Emerson said that imitation is suicide Emerson p867 He explains that if you are not true in the sense of individualism then you are then committing suicide As society will look at you with a different perspective than at other people it will always single you out in a crowd due to this He describes how you must take yourself for who and what you are and you should neither change yourself nor imitate others He further says that Envy is ignorance Emerson p 867 This ties up with what you have and how you feel about it If you look at others possessions and are jealous of them you are not looking at what you yourself have but you are thinking that your possessions are better than theirs Therefore you are being ignorant of your own possessions Emerson also says We but half express ourselves Emerson p867 If you believe that you yourself cannot be depended on then you cant rely on others You become unconfident in what you do and therefore dont trust the other person This affects your morals and has a very negative effect on the human psyche People will try to keep a distance from you because of the behavior that results from this He reinforces the concept accept your transcendent destinyEmerson p867 that you must take yourself and who and what you are especially the events you experienced as they happened in the past They make up who you are and you cant do anything to change what happened but accept them as they are In not accepting you are not moving along but rather
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