Ralph Waldo Emerson’s idealism remains an intrinsically baffling strain of thought to for readers interpret even today. Yet Emerson’s intellectual stock has never been valued higher. Emersonian thought has become the model of the independent American mind heroically transcending personal and social limitations to liberate its genius. The concept of self-reliance, perhaps Emerson’s most potent and misunderstood concept, constructed in the essay Self-Reliance, is not the philosophy of rugged individualism, nor is it the ideological doctrine of strict libertarianism. Self-reliance is always a method or an instrument, presenting itself in different masks depending on the era and circumstance. It is a cookbook for making lucid universal objective truth through the act of finding the totality of a universe in oneself, seeing oneself as a creator.
December 21st, 2012 is a laughing matter. As the day in which our existence is prophesized to be terminated or violently altered by a cluster bomb of planetary collisions, solar …
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently sent photos to earth of a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was …
Be it a matter of taste, art or necessity, humans find a way through personal and natural disaster and some create beauty where death was assumed to rule. It’s nature’s way, after all.
n America efficiency is king and the elite speak the language of utility. But to many of us economics is Thanksgiving and Black Friday; and these two days in November seem to serve as a fruitful analogy for trying to break through the bipolar psyche of American political economics. Thanksgiving Thursday families in Southern Colorado and around the country come together to share a meal, to break bread, and to take care of one another. Communities sponsor food drives and soup kitchens provide food and shelter for less fortunate families. This is the intrinsic welfare function in our community, the deeply held American value for equitable distribution of resources among free people.