BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday August 17th, 2022 by Ralph Waldo Emerson in SELF-RELIANCE

“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the “personhood” of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his/her bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and the culture of the eater.

The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. Whoso would be a man/woman, must be a nonconformist. He/she who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in “Self-Reliance”

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BONUS BEST of PONDER on THIS by Henry David Thoreau in WALDEN

“Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone that they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners?”

Henry David Thoreau, in “Walden”

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