Ralph Waldo Emerson on ideas

by on March 31, 2013 at 7:41 am in Philosophy, Religion | Permalink

What is the scholar, what is the man for, but for hospitality to every new thought of his time?  Have you leisure, power, property, friends? you shall be the asylum and patron of every new thought, every unproven opinion, every untried project, which proceeds out of good will and honest seeking.  All the newspapers, all the tongues of to-day will of course at first defame what is noble; but you who hold not of to-day, not of the times, but of the Everlasting, are to stand for it: and the highest compliment, man ever receives from heaven, is the sending to him its disguised and discredited angels.

That is from Introductory Lecture on the Times.

Michael G Heller March 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

“You shall be the asylum and patron of every new thought, every unproven opinion, every untried project”

C’mon Tyler, idle Easter or no, that is not you. You may be host to them sometimes, but not patron or asylum. Not without evidence!

The Anti-Gnostic March 31, 2013 at 8:04 am

Have you leisure, power, property, friends? you shall be the asylum and patron of every new thought, every unproven opinion, every untried project, which proceeds out of good will and honest seeking.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

C.S. Lewis

Cav B March 31, 2013 at 9:11 am

It’s not about you.

Rick Warren

Todd March 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yeah, but Emerson possibly hired an undocumented laborer to mow his lawn one summer. Or maybe he was rumored to have been tangentially related to the Beecher-Tilton trial of 1875. Best to steer clear of Emerson and his ideas, lest you are caught up in whatever scandal can be arranged for him.

English Professor April 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense. Whenever you want nonsense, you can always turn to Emerson to find a full load.

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