Self Reliance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 20 minutes|
|Author||Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 30, 2012|
|Publisher||Trout Lake Media|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #40,546 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#86 in Free Will & Determinism Philosophy
#658 in Philosophy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,103 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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At least the author acknowledges in the inference of this statement that every person requires God’s perspective regardless of the degree of their self-reliance achievement.
In addition, the author instructs the reader not to listen to anyone’s advice. Rather, they should be self-reliant in their conclusions while acknowledging in the very writing of this book that is giving this advice that the perspective of the wiser is important.
Of course, there is a point where every person becomes dependent on others. The critical point that the author makes is that we don’t know where that is.
It’s truly a mystery. No one really know with how much power they were endowed by God. The capacities that a human can unleash are beyond imagination. And, of course, these powers are hindered by reliance on others.
See the Ohr Hatzafon from the Alter of Slobadka at least in the beginning chapter just high a human is in the hierarchy of creation in terms of his capacity.
This read required my full attention. It’s deep and philosophical and discusses how one should accept life as it is and accept ourselves for who we are.
This book has turned me into a huge fan.
Even though this was written in the late 1800s, it is even more relevant today!
Get the Amazon/Domino Project version, if you can find it.
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If you accept the premise then he argues or articulates through colourful imagery that you can accept. If you disagree with the premise then he sounds like a naïve crackpot.
Summary of the book.
1. Express original thought, be yourself don't imitate
2. Take on challenges - trust thyself.
3. Self reliance is the inverse of conformity. (I completely disagree, conformity is a survival mechanism)
4. Desires often make people bitter "Thy love afar is spite at home", "What we love we have, but by desire we bereave ourselves of the love"
5. Comments on peoples actions and virtue signalling "Their virtues are penances .... my life is for itself and not a spectacle."
6. People are blind and only look at "conformity of opinion".
7. Describes the cultivated class as having feminine rage (He's so correct on this point)
8. Consistency maketh the man "The force of character is cumulative"
9. Primary wisdom is intuition, any that follows the first are tuition. (Nothing is new under the sun, the Romans would say to this)
10. Acorn vs Oak. What does the youth need to learn from the Oak it will become the Oak. He condemns history as "cheerful apologue"
11. You must cleave companions if your truth of their truth do not align. In other words birds of a feather flock together.
12. The most dangerous thing he espouses is man is "law, to himself". If everyone had this philosophy it would be utter anarchy.
13. Comments on vagabonding will remind me of the vagabonding book tim ferris keeps referencing.
14. Society changes like a wave. "persons who make up a nation today, next year die, and their experience with them". If you want further information on this read GLUBB fate of empires. I think this bit in particular captures what's happening in America now. You've gone from a generation that fought in WW2 to a generation that fought in COD 4.
15. He states that the want of self-reliance makes people believe institutions are guards of property, and therefore people defend assaults against the institutions. Just like the bizarre stuff going on in America now against the police. He is forgetting that actually there is truth to the institutions protecting peoples property.
16. A cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property out of respect for his nature. (again I just disagree, I think cultivated mean are silver spooned and therefore they know in their heart they earned little to nothing of what they have. This is why they are on a self destructive path).