Self Reliance

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1.According to the opening statement, what does every person realize at some moment in his/her education? That envy is ignorance
2.In the second paragraph, what does Emerson say is every person's destiny?
3.Explain what Emerson believes about society as a whole. (Paragraph 3) he believes society is a conspiracy and everyone is against one another. No one person is trying to help another; they are each trying to rise up against the other.
4.What is self-reliance an aversion to? (Paragraph 3) society
5.What is a person's most sacred possession? (Paragraph 4) the integrity of one’s own mind
6.Do you think there is a difference between self-reliance and the selfishness? Explain your answer. Yes self-reliance is when you rely on yourself for, maybe getting things done, selfishness on the other hand is thinking only of yourself and not considering others, I see where they could be confused. You may want to only think of yourself as being reliable, but there is a major difference.
7.Highlighted in green, you will find some of the figures of speech Emerson uses to make comparisons between two unlike things. For example, he likens planting corn to man's daily struggle to live in the world. (Paragraph 1). What are his comparisons for the following: an iron string, an joint stock-company, and a corpse? I think he compares the corpse to maybe the past, stop bringing up the past in your memory. I think he compares a joint stock company
8.In a paragraph, write your idea of self-reliance. Do you agree or disagree with Emerson? Why?
Self-reliance to me is having the ability to rely on one’s self. It’s knowing that even if no one else does it, you are able to get it done yourself. It is almost the ability to have responsibility of you. Not in the sense of owning up to one’s responsibility but being able to take responsibility to get something done; knowing that you can and will do it because you are reliant upon yourself. I can’t say whether I agree with Emerson or not

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