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Is Emerson useful?

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In his essay “Considerations by the Way” from The Conduct of Life, Emerson had this to say about our ability to help each other with life’s problems:

“Although this garrulity of advising is born with us, I confess that life is rather a subject of wonder, than of didactics. So much fate, so much irresistible dictation from temperament and unknown inspiration enters into it, that we doubt we can say anything out of our own experience whereby to help each other. “

The question is whether or not he really meant that or is he trying to do something else here?

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Is Emerson Useful?

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Emerson himself proposes at the beginning of “Considerations by the Way
that there is very little we can do to help each other. Why? As he
says, life has too many shifting moods and so much chance (or fate) in
daily existence, that one person’s experience seems to have little to
do with another’s. Is he right? Can we — or rather — can Emerson be a
useful guide in the Conduct of Life?

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