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Introduction to American Literature. Business. Week 1. Self-Reliance.

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Self-Reliance1JKInstructor Christa DimaioIntroduction to American LiteratureOctober 19, 2015Self-RelianceSelf-Reliance2A passage in Ralph Waldo Emersons Essay Self-Reliance that really grasped myattention was:There is a time in every mans education when he arrives at the conviction that envy isignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as hisportion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come tohim but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till (Page 205).I think that the first passage above is very insightful and inspiring because when everyonebecomes a certain age and as acquired a certain amount of wisdom, they soon discover theoutcomes of their lifes lessons. As we grow and mature, we learn to view ourselves and theworld around us in a new perspective. And I think that envy is ignorance because I learned in mylife-time so far that being jealous of what other people have is basically me putting myself downand trying to be like others, when I should only be trying to be myself and discover whom Ireally am. Trying to be like everyone else will only ruin our own life because it is the uniquepeople whom stand out in the crowd. I went through phase after phase in high school just tryingto fit in. And when I got out of high school, I had more friends when I eventually tried beingwhom I really am. This passage

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