This was also the year in which Ralph Waldo Emerson anonymously published his first book, Nature Versluis Society today has set the laws for both moral behavior, and social behavior. Both men extensively studied and embraced nature, and both men encouraged and practiced individualism and nonconformity.
It was in this essay that Emerson emphasized that in order for one to obtain a transcendentalism state of mind, optimism, self-reliance, and non-conformity must be held In this way, they disconnect with the universe, with God, because the creed becomes mistaken for the universe.
He describes how a person is and becomes an individual by explaining all the different parts that consist of an individual. They did not rely on the words of others, books, or tradition. How does Ralph Waldo Emerson use self-reliance? All three epigraphs stress the necessity of relying on oneself for knowledge and guidance.