Comparing Emerson And Thoreau, By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There was a time when looking for knowledge we searched the streets and we searched the skies. We did not search in our pockets for our phones. Now, the streets are empty and the skies bear nothing we can see. No one is looking up at the sky, they are looking down searching through their phone’s for the answers untold. Our phones, these wondrous pieces of technology are taking grasp of our minds, dulling our thoughts and our senses.Yet, if we just took the time to look up at the sky once in awhile, we would see the knowledge it holds. The only thing that can tilt our heads upward is nature. Nature is so beautiful and holds so many answers. This is what Ralph Waldo Emerson was trying to tell us. This is why with the help of Emerson and his alike…show more content…
Emerson and Thoreau hand us a metaphorical machete to clear out the disgruntling weeds that plague our minds. These weeds sprouted from our usage of technology blocking us from the insight nature provides. People today need to see that “all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to influence” (Emerson, Nature, Chapter 1). This pertains to the idea that if we just take the time to embrace nature, to embrace Emerson’s idea we will find that there is more to life than technology and what it can do for us. It will make a lasting impression that could alter your life and the way you view it. Of course with the growing times you can’t just ignore technology because technology covers our world and is embedded in everything we do; however, to just take a couple steps back from it all and let Emerson and Thoreau into your mind you will see the potential it holds. To get rid of using technology all together is preposterous, for we would not be where we are today without it. It is just to say that we need to envelop more than what it brings, but to see what our great writers can provide for us. It can be said that not experiencing all that the world has to offer you could lead a meaningless life. Thoreau felt this very same way when he said, “I wished to live life deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not…show more content…
We stacked it so high we can no longer see what's important. Emerson made a valid point in “The American Scholar,” in which he said, “In this view of him, as Man Thinking, the theory of his office is contained.” These bright minds have been so constricted by their duties they become stuck and cannot reach past the bars of society. We no longer fight the towers as they have become the only thing we know, and so “Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing” (Emerson, Nature, Chapter 1). This means that the towers, of technology, have become so high that we can no longer see the sun, and now we only have a past memory of what we think it looks like. If we just took Emerson and Thoreau’s words into consideration we would see that they are telling us something important. They are telling us how to tear down those towers and see the sun once more, to see the purpose. One might object here that they are just words on a paper and they can not help us, and they themselves “have an unhealthy mind but went about prescribing medicine to others” (Donovan Hohn, New Republic). However, it would seem they had an idea of what they were talking about. To just say that since one is stuck they can not help another with the same issue is unfactory. They create a safe haven where people can retreat to, to search for a better way when they cannot find it themselves. It is not always true
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