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Ralph Waldo Emerson one of the most important transcendentalist authors of early nineteenth-century New England advocates higher individualism obeying instinct the hope and belief of miracles and the great importance of self-reliance In the transcendentalism-based essay Self-Reliance Emerson says that individualism independence and inconsistency are how a man should live However the rest of society sees the transcendentalist who stay away and alone who dont participate in public events abolition of slavery or even voting as self-centered lazy insulting and uncivil TT 201 Emerson whose beliefs are often considered the core of Transcendentalism argues that they are not unsocial melancholy or sour but joyous and affectionate 200 Society does not understand the transcendentalists and therefore shun them In Self-Reliance Emerson brilliantly explains the role of being completely separate from society Anti-transcendentalists and the general public view self-reliance which is the transcendentalist manifesto as self-centeredness Emerson says that conforming blurs the impression of your character but that your genuine actions will reveal your genuine character SR 23 Transcendentalists believe in being an individual and completely free from the opinions thoughts and beliefs of society they are not concerned about other people However they do wish to be understood The people of the general society disagree with transcendentalists defiance of external authority and their disregard of tradition and religion and they believe that their idealistic philosophy of intuition and their attitude toward the rest of society is loutish TT 200 Emerson refers to the non-transcendentalists as materialists He disputes that they are too worried about the world about money and what everybody else is doing And because they conform they disguise their true personality Therefore self-sufficiency is how transcendentalists believe everyone should be Society sees the transcendentalists as being overly confident in themselves and instead of founding their thoughts on experience facts and history they trust the power of thought and will They do not understand the idealists and so they therefore shun them The transcendentalists wish
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