The Motivation of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Speech The American Scholar

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The Motivation of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Speech The American Scholar

Nearly two hundred years ago Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered a speech to a group of Scholars, it was his intention to motivate and inspire. He expressed his beliefs in a way that was objectionable to some and encouraging to others. Each man was given a chance to examine his life and the life's of their predecessors.
Emerson shaped his speech, and bent the words around in a beautiful collage; he quickly established a mood that was felt throughout the room. Scholars understood that he had a very important message to deliver and they prepared for an address like no other.
The speech is difficult and abstract; on the first read it takes you in a million directions
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Nature is an important resource to the scholar because through classification our minds are affected in an innovative way, we begin to learn. "To the young mind everything is unique, it stands by itself" as we mature we begin to organize the result is classification. When used with nature, classification helps us build and broaden our view of the world. This holds true for me most when I take a walk into the woods and experience something new; I tend to experience it in deeper and more stimulating way.
Emerson explained that the spirit is within the world, it's within every living person and thing no matter what category we classify it under. Opening our mind allows outside influence to shape us, it generates new ideas and creates a never-ending source of inspiration. There was a time when I felt that my opinion was best, I became closed-in and my way of thinking was narrow. When I was introduced to a group of people who motivated me I became creative and started to explore my world. During this time I decided to go back to college and make a change in my life.
Their successors taught by the book passing down the same traditions and beliefs assuming there institution would continue unchanged. Emerson wanted to express that dedication, honor, and trust was truly important. Keeping to the old ways and methods were essential to the survival of…