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Emerson vs Swimme

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Marc-Eli Gabriel
HMXP
5-22-2013
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Emerson vs. Swimme
This paper is going to examine the writings of Self Reliance and How Do Our Kids Get So Caught up in Consumerism. Self reliance is from Emerson, and is basically addressing the reader in terms that people need to be authentic and it’s all about how people should be themselves. “How do our kids get so caught up in consumerism,” is writing from Brian Swimme, which explains how kids get caught up in the world of consumerism and how it affects them. In this examination of these two writings the main points, and how they are alike and dislike will be compared and analyzed at a deeper thought. In order to explain how we can learn from these writings and so what. The major points established in the readings are based on the by Emerson and Swimme. In self reliance, Emerson talks on the fact of how we as a society, fail to recognize the chains (norms) that bind our mind and behaviors. Also in the reading, he explains that there is no authenticity in this world. In Swimme`s reading he’s answering the essential question of “How do our kids get so caught up in Consumerism.” Swimme`s major points are that society doesn’t realize how much advertisements and consumerism influences kids, and culture in general. Another point he makes, is that the world of advertising/consumerism has interfered with the moral and spiritual development of kids. This eventually causes kids who aren’t recalcitrant too accept consumerisms basic worldview as their cosmology. These two readings are different but actually are a lot alike. There are three reasons of how these two readings are in common with each other. The first reason, is the idea that kids and our culture have no authenticity because of the chains that society uses to conform them with. In self reliance Emerson states “Their mind being is whole, their eye is as yet unconquered…Infancy conforms to nobody” (Emerson 89). This is basically saying that a child has an authentic...