Emerson's Essays.

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Having read the essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, we can agree with opinions of many other writers that "Self - Reliance" is more appealed to American college students today than his "The American Scholar". Let's have a look through all arguments and try to improve it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the greatest "translators" of reality. A lot of philosophers gave their interpretation to the circumstances surrounding us. They examined the sources and consequences. So, did Emerson. His works, like works of a great man, included a lot of ideas and thought. He proved the interrelationship between things and processes in our life. But I would like to concentrate my attention on one very important thought for me. It is self - reliance. I am strongly sure that nowadays it is the very thing to think about, especially if you are a college student. Why?

Because today college students live in a more complex world than their parents did.

Though Emerson considered: "Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other", (Emerson, Essay I) - I think it's from philosophical point of view. But we cannot help noticing that ways of life and thinking have been changing constantly.

In his work "The American Scholar" Emerson gave us ideas about the education of his time. At that time three things were considered to be the most important in the process. They were nature, books and actions. But nowadays, though universal things are of great importance, but a complex process of existence demands other virtues.

In the contemporary world we have not only a technical revolution and a revolution in sources of energy; but first of all we should point on the great changes in our consciousness. Because not only...