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T.E. Michigan

Not at all. Most of us want to fit in and conform to our surroundings. The alternative is pure loneliness and frustration at the shallowness of your fellow man. Unless of course everyone shared the same freedom to think. We couldn't even get everyone to boycott baseball after the strike so good luck with that one.

Emerson's view of "new systems of thought" would drive most bosses nuts as they tend to want everyone to think like themselves and get on the same page.

My favorite clips are these:

“We are always getting ready to live but never living”

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

I need to read those two again and again.

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