Prompt: Select one of Emerson’s quotations below and write an essay supporting or refuting his message.
“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.”
Conspiracy is defined as “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful;” however, I believe that is no secret how our society is hurting it’s own members. In his essay, Ralph Waldo Emerson talks about the importance of individualism and self-trust. The time period which he lived in affected the way he wrote his essay. Yet, I think that his essay is even more beneficial in today’s time. People are always trying to fit in. It seems that to be a part of something make them feel contempt. What people never think about though is that we are already a part of something: ourselves. Our bodies are like perfect machines, and our brains can store extraordinary amount of information. How we decide to live comes from within, it shouldn’t be affected by our surroundings. Individualism is what’s brought the world to succeed (if that’s what we can call it). It was Da Vinci trusting his individualism that made him go against even his own church and further explore his curiosities. John Lennon’s individualism beliefs went around the world inspiring people to keep fighting to get where they want to get, to fight against the system that is retaining us from being free. Then, why do people still follow society? Humans are very judgmental; especially women. We are always criticizing the choices of other people. As cause and effect, the people being criticized fall into pressure and try their best to be meet the other people’s requirements to stay out of judgment. Then, we’ve got group of people acting alike to avoid being criticized. And, without being literally ruled by a certain type of government, they live in fascism controlled by their own selves. The best people, the ones that don’t fall into that category and that refuse to follow society, they