…ng in their spirit. Trust in oneself is also a trust in nature, or rather “the supreme being”. And, it is far greater to trust in nature than to follow the commands of others or imitate the works of people who passed long ago. Each is a suppression of the true self. For imitation and obedience breeds dreariness, it is without all the uncertainty and colour of imagination and the soul.
The artists of America, Emerson wrote, should not look backwards into the ruins of European history, nor should they look beyond themselves for inspiration. For there is no generation better than the current generation, no past better than the present.
School might be where your formal education ends, but it shouldn’t be the place where learning does. Make a commitment to lifelong learning and you’ll give yourself an informal education that kicks the crap out of your formal one.