09/30/2012: The American Scholar: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paragraph #1: Emerson encourages America to contribute its own definition into the world.
Paragraph #2: Emerson introduces the nature of Americans to be scholars in a new age.
Paragraph #3: Man is divided into men in order to define Man.
Paragraph #4: Man is society. Society is disturbed with divided men who do not possess themselves.
Paragraph #5: Men are reduced to their occupation.
Paragraph #6: A scholar is an intellectual of thought (Man Thinking) while other men mimic the thoughts of others.
Paragraph #7: ¬†Scholars make mistakes in society and lose their position as “Man Thinking”.
Paragraph #8: The influence of a scholar’s spirit flows through nature with its accumulation to ideas.
Paragraph #9: Nature is a pathway to a scholar’s own mind. Understand nature and you will understand yourself.
Paragraph #10: Another influence to a scholar is the truth in the past.
Paragraph #11: A scholar perceives experience in one input and demonstrates it through a different output.
Paragraph #12: Each generation is responsible to collect its own truths in order to create past.
Paragraph #13: The mimics immediately accept the views of the past without contemplating them.
Paragraph #14: Man Thinking is not a bookworm.
Paragraph #15: Books inspire, not teach. The soul of a scholar is truth and naturally creates genius.
Paragraph #16: Genius is influenced by another (contradictory).
Paragraph #17: Man Thinking through a scholar connects to God through the Book.
Paragraph #18: Books result in personal harmony through a connection with the author.
Paragraph #19: Creative reading and writing are interchangeable.
Paragraph #20: Education institutions are designed to teach how to create.
Paragraph #21: Besides mind, scholars require action to discover truth.
Paragraph #22: Thoughts are a result of universal attractions to a scholar.
Paragraph #23: Experience is transfered into thought.
Paragraph #24: Youth astonishes scholars as beauty and is observed with wisdom.
Paragraph #25: Those who act receive wisdom.
Paragraph #26: To become articulate is to live life.
Paragraph #27: Nature has the ultimate value of spirit in a scholar’s action.
Paragraph #28: Thinking and acting are only a part of living.
Paragraph #29: There is virtue and dignity in labor of every man.
Paragraph #30: A scholar’s duties are to guide men to make their own path of self-reliance.
Paragraph #31: Scholars tend to avoid controversy by associating to sides, instead; they think on their own instincts of self-trust.
Paragraph #32: Scholars must be free and brave to grab hold of fear and analyze it until it becomes inferior.
Paragraph #33: Those who can persuade a state of mind are great men.
Paragraph #34: Individuals of men lose their identity by glorifying themselves from the greatness and presence of others.
Paragraph #35: There are no limits to the human mind where man seeks money and power, which powers the soul.
Paragraph #36: Individuals are reflective and romantic.
Paragraph #37: Is self-analysis wrong?
Paragraph #38: Age of Revolution consists of new and old combined and appreciated.
Paragraph #39: A new era of poetry and art approaches through philosophy, science, and religion.
Paragraph #40: Greatness is found in the common man.
Paragraph #40: Beauty is found near one’s presence, not in distant lands.
Paragraph #41: Emanuel Swedenborg is responsible for connecting nature and the soul.
Paragraph #42: National unity derives from individual inspirations from the soul of God.

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