"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else in the greatest accomplishment"
What does it mean, "to be yourself"? How does one accomplish this?
Emerson was telling people to hold tight to their dreams and do what we like and/or we want to do, but not what others want us to do. We have the right to be anything we want, but we also need to be strong enough so, we are not easily influenced by society. The society around us can pressure us to do what they want us to do, but in the end, those people who are able to talk back or against the society has been really successful and did the right thing.
Actually, "to be yourself" in Emerson's quote is very easy to say but quiet hard to do, because sometimes when we are trying to be different people wont accept us.
Then, when we decided to change our personality, people will also judging us. So, this way we have to be who we really are and not to care about what other people say. I think what Emerson is trying to say in this quote is that we just have to believe in who we are, because everywhere we go there are always this certain people that don't want to see us happy and successful. People that also think we look stupid when we do something actually right. I believe, that this kind of actions that the society give us, is a sign that we are doing the right thing and they are just envy on us. Also, from this quote I can see that Emerson doesn't like this kind of...