The American Scholar

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Emerson wrote in his speech “The American Scholar”: “We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; Divine  Soul which also inspires all men.” Emerson closed the essay by calling for a revolution in human consciousness to emerge from the new idealist philosophy:

So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? and of the affections, — What is good? by yielding itself passive to the educated Will. … Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit.

— Wikipedia on Transcendentalism

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2010.09.07 Tuesday ACHK