Premium Content Ideal Individualism and the Benefits of Conformity
By Anne Elizabeth Winchell - March 14, 2003
In Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson describes his vision of the individual, a man dependent on himself and refusing to conform to social standards and expectations. The individual, according to Emerson, stands alone against the wave of society, listening to his own heart and disregarding the thoughts of others. He dismisses any inter-personal…
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