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e most Emersonian person that I have ever known would be with out a doubt be Frederick Jones I spent two summers working with this man on the Linville River for the Kawana fishing club In Self Reliance Emerson writes Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions Your conformity explains nothing This is clearly a call for individuality in men Though Frederick has probably never read or even heard of Ralph Waldo Emerson his way of life is very much in line with what Emerson claims will be the only true way to inner peace Frederick is very much a mystery to the people of Linville and except for those who know him best he is not very well liked He quit school after the eight grade yet he is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known Like Emerson Frederick believes that all he needs to know and understand is with in himself He claims to have no regret for quitting school His argument is that once he learned to read and write what he did with those skills should be at his discretion Frederick is a wealthy man but very few people know to what extent His beat up Ford truck and old work cloths suggest nothing more that a simple working man In fact this is exactly what he is Frederick has a reputation for having little to say except for when the issue concerns him but he is also know for speaking his mind and standing up for himself regardless of the consequence Like most people he loathes taxes but it is not so much the money that bothers him as it is what he sees to be criminal waste of his money His feelings on giving money to the poor are much the same as Emersons do not tell as a good man did today of my obligation to put
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