Conformity In Emerson's Self-Reliance

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In the dictionary, conformity is defined as “compliance with standards, rules, or laws.”. The reason I believe that conformity is a common element in both Emerson’s Self-Reliance and Gladwell’s Outliers is because in Self-Reliance, Emerson believed that to be self-reliant, you must avoid conformity. Gladwell agrees with this in chapter 8 of Outliers, where he states that we tend to conform to rules based off of where we are from and how we were raised. This chapter was a perfect example because of how all those children were raised. As stated previously, a big key factor in Self-Reliance was the concept that Emerson truly didn’t want others to follow conformity. He wanted people to remain true to themselves due to the fact that it follows along with the essence of the Universal Spirit. “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,- that is genius” (Emerson, 19). After Emerson discusses conformity, he delves into the discussion of innocence and infants. He discusses this as a nod to nonconformity. “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that the babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it” (Emerson, 20). In a whole, Emerson’s Self-Reliance was more or less

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