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It is natural to believe in great men. If the companions of our childhood should turn out to be heroes, and their condition regal, it would not surprise us. All mythology opens with demigods, and the circumstance is high and poetic; that is, their genius is paramount. In the legends of the Gautama, the first men ate the earth, and found it deliciously sweet
Nature seems to exist for the excellent. The world is upheld by the veracity of good men: they make the earth wholesome. They who lived with them found life glad and nutritious. Life is sweet and tolerable only in our belief in such society; and actually, or ideally, we manage to live with superiors. We call our children and our lands by their names.
Their names are wrought into the verbs of language, their works and effigies are in our houses, and every circumstance of the day recalls an anecdote of them.
The search after the great is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. We travel into foreign parts to find his works,—if possible, to get a glimpse of him. But we are put off with fortune instead. You say, the English are practical; the Germans are hospitable; in Valencia, the climate is delicious; and in the hills of Sacramento there is gold for the gathering. Yes, but I do not travel to find comfortable, rich, and hospitable people, or clear sky, or ingots that cost too much. But if there were any magnet that would point to the countries and houses where are the persons who are intrinsically rich and powerful, I would sell all, and buy it, and put myself on the road to-day
The race goes with us on their credit. The knowledge, that in the city is a man who invented the railroad, raises the credit of all the citizens. But enormous populations, if they be beggars, are disgusting, like moving cheese, like hills of ants, or of fleas—the more, the worse.
I. Uses of Great Men
Ameriški pisatelj, esejist in filozof Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) velja za glasnika duha in samo-zavesti mlade ameriške nacije, s svojimi pogledi na duhovnost, moralno celovitost človeka in njegovo sobivanje z naravo pa je vplival na cele generacije pisateljev in filozofov.
Emerson, ki je bil najprej učitelj in unitarijanski pastor, je zaslovel kot predavatelj in pisec esejev, navdihoval pa se je pri evrop-ski idejni tradiciji, zlasti Platonovi in Kantovi filozofiji, in tudi večkrat obiskal Evropo.
V novejšem času so njegove ideje prevzela in na novo popularizirala new age gibanja.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
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