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Is Emerson Useful?

Even though Emerson acknowledges that there is little we can do to help each other, the whole body of his work, including the journals, is in effect a Guide to a Conscious Life. While we can say that, we also look for specific things in his work to help us frame a method or a few useful hints to remember from day to day.
Even though he starts off “Considerations” with a disclaimer, he ends the essay with an important paragraph, one that does provide a series of principles. Here is the paragraph:
“The secret of culture is to learn, that a few great points steadily reappear, alike in the poverty of the obscurest farm, and in the miscellany of metropolitan life, and that these few are alone to be regarded, — the escape from all false ties; courage to be what we are; and love of what is simple and beautiful; independence, and cheerful relation, these are the essentials, — these, and the wish to serve, — to add somewhat to the well-being of men. ”
The first of these principles is the most challenging and difficult to apply: the escape from all false ties. What, then, is a false tie? How do we escape from one when we see we are bound to one?”
As I see it, we have various kinds, or levels of false ties. There are the false ties that are connected to people and jobs and places. There are the ties that connect us to false ideas, and the ties that connect us to dangerous habits and patterns of behavior.
So when Emerson talks about the escape from all false ties, he means that before we can attain what he called self-recovery, he is telling us that we have to escape from all the false patterns, connections, and ideas that trap us and prevent us from experiencing freedom. That escape is the first step in achieving self-reliance.

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RWE Journals (1904 to 1914) 10 Volumes Digital Archive – CD (PDF)

These are the Digital Journals of Ralph
Waldo Emerson, an archive provided by The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute
for the use and convenience of interested students of the life and works
of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The source of these digital Journals is the
ten-volume Edward Emerson edition, originally published in Boston by
Houghton Mifflin from 1904 through 1914, and comprising over 5,000 pages
of material. This edition comprises approximately 90% of the originals,
which are housed  at the Houghton Library at Harvard University. The
digital journals are completely searchable in this PDF format, which
requires Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher to access. The journals cover the
period between 1820 when Emerson was a Junior at Harvard and 1876, when
Emerson stopped writing in his journals. 

The Journals CD is no longer available. Access by file download is offered below through BooksOnBoard.

Before ordering the editions below, we recommend downloading Acrobat Digital Editions from Acrobat Reader 8.0.

Ralph
Waldo Emerson Journals


1:


Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals – Volume 1


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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 2

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 3

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 4

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 5

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 6

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 7

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 8

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 9

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Emerson Reading Circle — Special Meeting Wednesday, June 6, 2007




Dear All:

We have a very special Emersonian guest here in Concord for a very short time only. 
Consequently a special meeting of the Emerson Reading Circle will convene this

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
at the Concord Library at
7:15pm,
in the Lower Community Meeting Room.

Our special guest is

Antonio Caro Magallanes
 of 
Guadalajara,
México.

  Antonio will give a short talk on the essay Self Reliance (Word Doc) and
the effect Emerson is having on his group and community in Mexico.

Time permitting we will read some of Self Reliance (on RWE.org) together,
which may hopefully lead to one of our lively discussions. 

This is indeed an opportunity to hold hands
with our Emerson Friends around the world.

 I have attached
Self Reliance (Word Doc) to this email for your convenience.

A reminder that our usual June meeting will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the usual time and place.

I hope to see you soon,
Edie

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Notice of Grant & Awards

The
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Society

offering one grant and two awards

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Journal Sample – Volume 4

 

                                  JOURNAL XXVII
                                            1836
                                   (From Journal B)

[MR. AND MRS. EMERSON were now settled in their new home, his younger brother Charles being an inmate there, beloved and reverenced by both. Each week, the stage which passed their house brought friends or visitors, for Mr. Emerson’s door was always open to high-minded persons, known or unknown. He preached every Sunday at East Lexington, where he was much esteemed, or elsewhere by exchange, and his lectures were increasingly in demand.
The Journal opens, January 16, with one of the passages in Nature (here omitted because already printed), about the titular owners of Concord’s fields, while the poet has property in the horizon.] 

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Emerson-Carlyle Correspondence

The Correspondence Of Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872,
Volume I
, and  Volume II are
letters are now available.  Thanks to everybody who has made a
contribution and who has made this new addition possible.

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Adventure in the Exploration of Self-Reliance

What would a modern day adventure in the exploration of self-reliance look like?  Perhaps Reid Stowe gives us a glimpse of that journey through his life long passion for sailing.  The 75 foot Gaff  Schooner Ann is currently docked in the Hudson River, and being prepped for a 1000 day sail at sea.  Similar to Thoreau’s retreat to Walden, Reid’s adventure is an exploration of life beyond the grid, and certainly a more rigorous test of one’s survival skills. The things that nourish Reid in his travels are the very same activities that sustain us in Manhattan; music and art!  Take a look at this extraordinary life of a modern day globe wanderer in the video link below.  The web site also chronicles the building of Schooner Ann in North Carolina 25 years ago, and showcases Reid’s music and art.   More information can be found at www.1000days.net

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