Ralph Waldo Emerson - A Tremendous Trust In The Truth
A blog for Emerson.
Date: 2/6/2018 6:23:15 AM ( 16 d ) ... viewed 109 times
"... There are some very deep things in America in the political sphere that (are) dark and full of lies. But there is a man like Emerson who says, 'Every physical law has a spiritual equivalent.' And then he says as an example, 'Take the law of gravity. Everything goes into the center of the earth'.
￼Now for Emerson, in the spiritual world, the corresponding law is that anything will gravitate toward truth in the end. That’s a tremendous trust in the truth.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures ..."
"... Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. This every man is entitled to; this every man contains within him, although, in almost all men, obstructed, and as yet unborn. The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates. In this action, it is genius; not the privilege of here and there a favorite, but the sound estate of every man. In its essence, it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they,--let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward: the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the Deity is not his; -- cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame. ..."
 The American Scholar: https://archive.vcu.edu/english/engweb/transcendentalism/authors/emerson/essays/amscholar.html
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