Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, who is best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a a champion of individualism and wrote dozens of essays. Most criics consider "Self-Reliance" his best. It has the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency. It also emphasized the need to follow one's own instincts and ideas. "Self-Reliance" contains one of Emerson's most famous quotes: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
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SELF - RELIANCE
This book represents the keystone to the modern transcendental movement. It is timeless in it's ability to define individualism, as well as, present the listener with ideas that have always been a part of our society; despite the fact that it is finally coming into it's own through the help of speakers and educators around the world. Well worth the money to hear something that may be a difficult read.
When it comes to the concept of self-reliance, Emerson has never been equalled. Good presentation of "ultimate" essay.
Do not purchase this, unless you need a healthy substitute for sleeping pills! If the material is hard, the reader makes it harder. If you haven't read anything by Emerson, do not start with this; at least not with the audiobook.