Misunderstood Visionary : Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Misunderstood Visionary Ralph Waldo Emerson was a man who believed in self-trust which is mentioned in one of his readings “Self-Reliance”. “Self-Reliance” is in favor of nurturing thyself and keeping the mind active in questioning the much larger force where self-reliance is uncovered. Some perceive Emerson as someone who challenges the limitations of society and the human norms we use thought-out our daily lives. Could we really say he was naïve? Better yet, he was misunderstood for being a visionary who saw self-worth in himself, everything and everyone which is hard to understand for some. Emerson shouldn’t be considered naïve because he encourages individualism, avoiding conformity in society and finding your own way of living. Emerson was a Transcendentalist that stood for his wise famous quote “trust thyself”. He was also one of the founders that created the Transcendentalism movement which was a club made up of well-educated people that had one goal in common, achieve the perfect society. These people questioned religion and were suspicious of political groups that opposed as a threat to their vision of a perfect society. Believing that these organizations ruined the purity in all humanity that caused no one any good. Transcendentalist wanted to break away from the norm and approach a new way of thinking. This group was supported by other famous Transcendentalist like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman. The one who stood out from the

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