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In Ralph Waldo Emersons Self-Reliance he writes of the over-soul and the belief that mankind is united through very similar beliefs through the over-soul Our instinctive actions in making moral choices are all part of this over-soul This over-soul exists universally among men and is the basis of deriving the basic laws of government The idea of the over-soul is evident in and greatly influences religion and faith It is inherent in the morals of all men therefore there is truth to the existence of the over-soul Emerson writes of the over-soul that Unity that Over-soul within which every mans particular being is contained and made one with all other that common heart of which all sincere conversation is the worship to which all right action is submission that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents and constrains every one to pass for what he is and to speak from his character and not from his tongue and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand and become wisdom and virtue and power and beauty52 In this quotation Emerson says that the common instinct instilled in man lets him see the truth for himself This reality found from the shared over-soul is the purest form of truth All men have this ability to perceive the truth and a common knowledge of goodness unites and unifies us all Mans instinctive actions in making moral choices are all part of the over-soul Man can perceive that which is ultimately good only if he looks past the set laws and dogmas of the majority It is true that all men have certain inherent morals These morals that uniquely define man are what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom This human characteristic to distinguish between what is morally right from wrong is evident in every individual and constitutes a unifying all embodying entity the over-soul Along with our natural instincts as animals we
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