The Writers Voice
Self-Reliance: An Essay
suicide..." (Page 267, Paragraph One). Ralph
Waldo Emerson could not have written truer
words. To me, it is important to be a
non-conformist because one can be oneself, without
Another important aspect of being a non-conformist
is that one can form one's own opinions without
other's impute. Most of all, being a non-conformist
means that one can be original, by looking at life
different angle. Unorthodox peoples are some of the
most innovative persons one will ever meet. Why is
this? Because they are free to be who they want to
be and think what they choose to think without
toward conformed thinking.
These same conformists, who dress, speak, and think
the same things, will never know the freedom of
being you." As the "Rules of Life" state, "Rule number one: You will receive a body. You may
like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the
entire period this time around..." (Anonymous) Unorthodox people appreciate the defects in themselves and in
the world because it gives them something to think
As Emerson puts is, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind." (Page 276 Paragraph four). A non-conformist can stand on his own two feet, think about the possibilities, make important decisions in life, and deal with whatever incidents occur in his lifetime. This cannot always be said for the conformist. Conformists, it seems, do not know what to do if their fellow peers reject them. For example, in high school there are cliques. The clique a person is in will determine that person's "identity" or reputation. If the head cheerleader decides to quit the squad, she will more than likely be booted out of the cheerleader clique, which leaves the ex-head cheerleader without an identity. She was so used to conforming to the things her friends did, said, dressed, etcetera, that she will not know what to conform to. One act of non conformity will boot the conformist out of his "safe zone" and the identity that went along with the conformity.
not have this problem, because they were outcasts anyway. They think on their own and do not hold the
opinions of others so close to their hearts because
they do not want to intermingle their thoughts and
influential thoughts of another. This is why
non-conformists are capable of being true to
themselves, by knowing
who they are in the first place.
However, for now, the narrow-minded conformists will trap the non conformist's originality. After all, there is a reason why Emerson wrote... "To be great is to be misunderstood...." (Page 277 Paragraph five). Emerson's ideas on non-conformity and transcendentalism are very agreeable to me. I think that he was trying to tell his reader that being yourself, being assertive, knowing the people and the society that you surround yourself with, and being self-reliant are the essential elements for living a successful life. He was trying to inspire his peers to think outside the box, using their common sense and past knowledge to make decisions. He was just trying to make those people see that being yourself, knowing who you are, will make a big impact on your life. Because of knowing yourself, you can be self-reliant. Independence from others, this was just the thing Emerson wanted to express. No matter how one puts it, Emerson wanted to, and succeeded in, pointing out how great it is to be your own person, free of the narrow-minded opinions of society, just knowing what you think and expressing it. That is what Emerson wanted to do.
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