Monday, February 21, 2011

The Genius of Ralph Waldo Emerson

I must admit that I am a huge fan of American Transcendentalism. The simplistic lives of thinkers that make up this movement are truly remarkable.

At the end of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature, this particular passage left me deep in thought:

"Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house is a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobbler's trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar's garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions." 

This passage is simply incredible and insightful.  

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