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Self Reliance

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. …

English: Daguerreotype of Ralph Waldo Emerson,...

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy of the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.— ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ —Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ayn Rand contributed Objectivism to society. I see it as a nice counterpoise to Emerson’s philosophy (Transcendentalism). Atlas Shrugged is similarly counterpoised to prepping, perhaps. I am thankful for the space created by the tension of things set in opposition, the fabric, pegs and pole of a big circus tent where we all get to participate.

Having a sort of anti-realist point of view as I do, it is hard has become impossible for me to insist on matters of fact; I certainly have my own, and you probably have your own, but I don’t expect you to share all of mine nor vice versa. Gridlock ensues when we insist on our personal facts of the matter.

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2 responses to “Self Reliance

  1. Mark Chidlaw August 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I’m not on expert on Emerson (other than to know that he was a Transcendentalist), but if he really made that statement then I wonder why people even read him?
    To the extent that your words are misunderstood, to THAT extent they’re pointless.
    Oh, I know: Because the NEXT day he contradicted himself and said that consistency DOES matter! Kinda like saying “This is a lie.”
    What a joker…a humorist AND a philosopher.

    Transcendentalism doesn’t require invoking Rand to refute — plenty of sensible counters both before and after — long before Rand and without the other “stuff” in her philosophy.

    • antennaguru August 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Mark, my friend, thanks for checking in. That quote is from “Self Reliance.”
      Rather than using one PoV refute the another, I am thinking that points of view are metaphoric facets refracting the light of something larger. What that larger something is, I do not believe anyone can say, exactly.

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