Lessons from Emerson

Emerson wrote in Self-Reliance

“We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”

The greatest arrogance is the belief that great and impossible things cannot be done. For, it is in thinking in terms of the importance of the impossible, that newness flowers.

I would say that is the greatest general failing in humans – to be given access to incredibly deep and insightful axioms of nature and not to use those axioms to do good on a grand scale or, to undertake such activity, yet to be trapped in the ego. It’s very common. This smug mentality of “I’m alright Jack,” or even worse, the arrogance of the expert who is not cognizant of the limits of their understanding.

Such an attitude is the sign of a failed education. It is a prison of conditions with that grants no true illumination and certainty no engaging growth.

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