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17 February, 12:41

In "Self-Reliance", Emerson describes "that divine idea which each of us represents." How do that phrase and the one noted in the previous question represent similar ideas about the relationship of God to nature and people?

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  1. 17 February, 14:41
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    Emerson considers that each individual soul is a divine portion of the universe. Because there is a part of God in all of us there is a capacity and the possibility of transcendental greatness and goodness in all of us.

    Through active self-betterment and profound meditation and reflection on the beauty and complexity of nature, human beings can transcend their limitations and achieve the highest level of moral excellence and become the best version of ourselves. This is the core principle of Transcendentalism and individuality that lies in personal edification and not on greed or selfishness.
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