3.03 Two Idealist

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1. According to the first sentence what does every person realize at some moment in his/her education? That envy is ignorance and that imitation is suicide which means that everyman should be himself. 2. What is the opposite of "self-reliance," according to Emerson? Liberalism.

3. What does Emerson see as the most sacred aspect of a person? Integrity of the individual mind.
4. What does Emerson think of people who call for consistency in thought and action and who fear being misunderstood? He thinks that being misunderstood is great and that those who disagree are cowards. 5. Emerson makes many of his points through a series of figures of speech - comparisons between two things that are basically unlike. In "Self-Reliance" what does he compare with the ordinary things and events listed below. Be sure to respond in complete sentence format. Example: He compares cannon balls to words: "Else if you would be a man, speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today."

A.planting corn
That you need to work your way to the top.

B.an iron string
Trust yourself and that you should believe your thoughts.

C.clay
We are all the same and should work together.

Dear Editor,

The statement “that government is best which governs not at all” is a statement that I agree in. If government isn’t doing what it was designed to do then why do we have it in the first place? Many people in our nation today believe that government has more power and can do more things than the people can do. That really is not the case. If we vow to one thing in our nation and more people get involved we can change the world. I think David Thoreau though differently on this matter. We can see that a stronger and more interruption of government is not always the best. I believe that if we are good people and...
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