Reflections on "Self-Reliance," Emerson's paean to individualism
You’re nuanced revisiting of Emerson’s work is as poignant as it is profound.
Beautiful essay, Ashley. The idea that no one is truly self-reliant is so interesting. Girard shares a similar idea that we’re social creatures at our core and can’t escape mimetic influence (internalizing the values of people around us).
Really enjoyed this :)
"to be the chaste husband of one wife" made me think of the heartbreaking opening to Robert D. Richardson's biography of Emerson. Hopes all is well, Ashley! :)