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1The essay that I elected to read and analyze was Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2The Transcendental Movement held a strong opinion that one should have complete faith in oneself Emerson being an avid transcendentalist believed in this philosophy He supported this concept that we should rely on our own intuition and beliefs Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron string Emerson along with the Transcendental Movement believed in the vitality of self-reliance One must have confidence and belief in oneself the only right is what is after my constitution the only wrong what is against it Once one has reliance upon oneself he can generate his own set of ideals and morals not just the ideals bestowed upon him by society In obeying these principles of life he has created a constitution of his own This constitution is the guiding light of his life it leads the way to truth and ultimate liberation and provides the right path to follow This idea brings about the transcendental concept of the belief in the worth of the individual The individual in transcendental philosophy has the power to accomplish anything and everything Social organization and friendship offer a small satisfaction of companionship and structure in life but one will ultimately succeed based upon his own skills and conviction In doing so he will lose interest in the society and concentrate on more individual dependency as he strives to gain ultimate truth in life What I must do is all that concerns me not what the people think Once one considers less the social ramifications of his actions and considers more the personal consequences he will become more apt to discover what he is looking for in the transcendentalists case it was the meaning of life 3aTo be great is to be misunderstood This statement was used by Emerson to explain the lagging growth of the conception of ideas and thought of his generation Original and novel
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