Emerson's Good Life Essay

703 Words Jul 14th, 2009 3 Pages
Emerson’s Good Life (1)

“Do not seek yourself, outside yourself (Emerson 211).” Emerson suggests that we should live life based on our own intuitions. He proposes that we should live life coexisting in society without conforming to it. “Whoso be a man, must be a nonconformist (214).” Coexisting in society allows us to lead a life of our own inhibitions and desires. We should live a life for ourselves, not as though we live in a theater and our life is a play. Turning inward, one can find something greater. “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude (215).”
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Buber talks about one who thinks of themselves can not do actions that are of any worth, but those who’s actions are not aimed at oneself are considered “humble” (293). Considering Emerson’s view that he must do all that concerns him and not others, Buber may question his views as a subjectivist. Buber speaks of the Rabbi who sees the “road to redemption as a process involving two kinds of men, the proud who,...think of themselves, and the humble, who in all that matters think of the world. Only when pride subjects itself to humility can it be redeemed; and only when it is redeemed can the world be redeemed (293).” Therefore Emerson’s view of self-love, according to Buber are sin, and can only be redeem through humility and focus on others. I agree with Emerson on some points of his “good life.” I believe that not conforming to society allows you to bring out truth, because you are not creating a false persona. It is important for us to be true to ourselves and not be ashamed of who we are. Our differences make us, and we should not hide them. I feel that accepting these differences allow us to find a true sense of happiness within ourselves. Although there are points made by Emerson that I do not agree on. His attitude

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