October 05, 2004

Emerson

I consider myself a fairly intellegent person, but right when I think I have everything under control and sorted in my brain, a text like Emerson's is thrown into my lap and I realize how dumb I truly am. But, there is hope for me!
I read the Thoreau and Emerson assignements for class and, although, I coud get through most of it, some parts were still fuzzy.

Stephan's presentation really helped break up and organize the puddle of information in my brain. Stephan really broke down the subject to make it a simpler read; I'm glad that he didn't "dumb it down," he simply put it all into perspective.
Now that I understand Emerson's point of view, I find that I can connect with his feelings. "People define themselves through religion, family, and what job title they hold. No person is a “farmer” or a “doctor.” They are first themselves, and then they can perform services of a doctor, but should still not define themselves so." I love how that line makes me feel...I'm just not sure how to describe it. Those words (ok, so this is corny) put a little hope in my heart and allow me to imagine that the world isn't spiraling down as fast as I once thought. It's comforting to have the knowledge that a person doesn't have to succumb to the presures of religion, occupation, etc., but can be what the want, what they are in the inside.
I am an odd individual and have a hard time expressing my thoughts, but I honestly think now that my eyes (and heart) have been given a little push in the direction of individuality, I can now come of out of my shell, and be ME...and not just a student or daughter or friend.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 5, 2004 01:25 PM
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American culture has long celebrated the individual... but there wouldn't really be a culture to celebrate individuals if we really were all individuals. Would you miss anything if the government disbanded tomorrow?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 5, 2004 02:35 PM

We had this history teacher who always said, "Taxation is the art of civilization." I don't know what it would be like if our government fell apart tomorrow, but I know I am comfortable living with what I have today. What are your thoughts, Katie?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 6, 2004 02:07 PM

I believe that I am on my way to finding my "true" self, but like many people, I have a long way to go. If the government would collapse tomorrow, although the world would surely have to adapt, I believe that I could still develop in the person I want to be.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 7, 2004 01:03 PM
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