This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Self Reliance Essay

677 words - 3 pages

Our Country’s Biggest Problem: Conformity in Politics
In our nation’s history we have had some great politicians who not only did their duty in their office, but cared about the people they were serving in office. But in today’s society, we don’t really see that anymore. We see politicians doing whatever they have to, to win over their people, instead of caring for their needs. Many politicians go vote within party lines, which just causes more problems than it helps! Not only do we see this in our leaders but we also can find it in the people interested in politics or care about the future well-being. We see many people, when it comes to issues important to them just going with the side that they are told benefits them rather than finding out what is best for them on their own. In “Self Reliance” Ralph Waldo Emerson argues that if we are to trust ourselves rather than others, we can be happier than those than conform to ...view middle of the document...

Many politicians make these promises to either help them win re-elections or to get nominated for a higher position in the government. We also see many
We see conformity more when it comes to issues that are big to a particular party. For example, I was just reading an article about Obamacare. A Democratic Congressmen and almost all other Democrats that have a say, still support it. They support it after the website is still giving people fits. They still support it after approximately 3.3 million people, a little more than 1% of the United States’ population have enrolled. This to me sounds like Democrats are supporting it because they are either being forced to or they are just trying to make other Democrats like them. I am sure that most of those people that still support it don’t actually believe it is a good idea, or that it is going to work. Yet people high up in our government still support it. This just shows me that a lot of government conforms to what their party wants or to whatever will help them get re-elected.
Not only are the leaders and parties showing conformity but also the voters as well. The greatest example of this is those in the Democratic party that are looking forward to the 2016 Presidential election. It seems everyone thinks that Hillary Clinton would make a great President, but when asked what some of her accomplishments were, supporters could not provide one. These same people were asked, “What’s something that she has that stands out from the rest of the possible candidates?” their almost immediate response was that she was a woman. This is a ridiculous form of conformity. One person made the comment she would be the first female President ever and instead of looking at her record, her supporters looked at her gender.
Conformity is almost everywhere in the United States. It is in the media, schools, work and especially politics. The government leaders conform to their party lines, the parties conform to their agenda rather than their beliefs and the voters conform to what they are told is the best option. Until we can eliminate conformity in politics our country will never begin to prosper again. We only will continue on this downward slide we are already on.

Find Another Essay On Self-Reliance

Self reliance through hardship Essay

709 words - 3 pages character's hardships.Self-Reliance was imposed upon Pecola in The Bluest Eye. She had no choice but to be self-reliant. Pecola was abandoned, a victim of racism, and raped by her father. She had nobody to turn to. Even total strangers treat her like garbage. "She be lucky if it don't live. Bound to be the ugliest thing walking. Can't help but be. Ought to be a law: two ugly people doubling up like that to make more ugly. Be better off in the ground

American Self Reliance Essay

1463 words - 6 pages and works, and the excerpts provided give a robust view of the evolution of self-reliance in early American and how these writers exemplified and affected the progress of America through building community bonds and shared successes while maintaining individual identities. These works display how individuals and groups in early America pushed aside existing issues and conflicts in the greater interest of American society and community achievement

Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

844 words - 3 pages Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” was written in 1841 in New England during the Transcendentalist Movement, which was a revolt against the “Age of Reason” and the beginning of Romanticism. Emerson’s essay is about Transcendentalism, the belief that every human has his own way of thinking and personal inborn knowledge to build his opinion, independent from the common beliefs of the community and he should believe in and express his opinion to

Emersons self-reliance

1332 words - 5 pages In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, he writes of "the over-soul" and the belief that mankind is united through very similar beliefs through the "over-soul". Our instinctive actions in making moral choices are all part of this over-soul. This over-soul exists universally among men and is the basis of deriving the basic laws of government. The idea of the over-soul is evident in and greatly influences religion and faith. It is inherent in the

Autonomy and Self-Reliance: Kant Vs. Emmerson

1990 words - 8 pages The Autonomy of Self-Reliance In the late eighteenth century, with the publication of his theories on morality, Immanuel Kant revolutionized philosophy in a way that greatly impacted the decades of thinkers after him. The result of his influence led to perceptions and interpretations of his ideas reflected in the works of writers all around the world. Kant’s idealism stems from a claim that moral law, a set of innate rules within each

Welfare Reform: Promoting Independence and Self-Reliance

1985 words - 8 pages Welfare Reform: Promoting Independence and Self-Reliance Mary Smith gets up every day at 6 am and begins to hustle around the house. She rouses her three children from their slumber and forces them to get ready for school. Once the kids are on the bus, she hops in her car and heads off to her job at the local fast food restaurant. After working her seven hours at the restaurant, she goes to her night course at the college in town. The

"Nature and Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

567 words - 2 pages Sarah Morrow Dr. Bill Ellis Am. Rom. 5317 January 28, 2003 Nature and Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson, nineteenth century poet and writer, expresses a philosophy of life, based on our inner self and the presence of the soul. Emerson regarded and learned from the great minds of the past. In his writings he says repeatedly that each person should live according to his own thinking. In Nature and Self-Reliance the central theme is do not seek

Response to Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

867 words - 3 pages Response to Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson I believe that, essentially, life consists of a series of choices. A grouping of these choices in one direction or another makes us who we are, and ultimately we have control over our lives. What makes one person different from another is his own set of choices. When going through life’s motions, we develop certain worldviews and ideas and values to live by. We develop an opinion of what makes

Seeking Independence in Essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

1265 words - 6 pages It is impossible to live a whole life without the help of others. Everyone starts out relying on their parents to feed them, take care of them, and teach them. However, as people grow older, they learn to look after themselves and be independent of others. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance”, he tells us that once people are able to be independent, they should be an individual who believes in themselves and does not conform to society

Themes of individualism in Ralph Waldo Emerson's, "Self-Reliance"

1008 words - 4 pages In society today it is very hard to be ones own individual self. Peopled tend to see other people as either individualists or conformists. If a person doesn't fall in with the "in" crowd then you are considered to be "weird" or "un-cool". Ralph Waldo Emerson made this apparent in his essay "Self-Reliance." "Self-Reliance" also had several themes that focused on the topic of individualism. It also showed how he thought self-reliance would play

The Impractical Philosophies of Self-reliance and Civil Disobedience

1094 words - 4 pages The Impractical Philosophies of Self-reliance and Civil Disobedience   The philosophies of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson would work well in a society comprised only of highly intellectual, healthy individuals who were willing put forth the effort needed to thoroughly examine themselves and formulate their own opinions about every issue pertaining to them. Emerson said that all members of society should think for

Similar Essays

Self Reliance Essay

979 words - 4 pages Some may ask, what is self-reliance? Self- Reliance is defined as relying on one’s own capabilities, judgment, resources, or independence. In “Self-Reliance”, written by an American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson describes how we should live and prosper as a human being. In order to be self- realigned one must trust themselves, believe in themselves, and create individualism. The search for self-reliance comes from loving something

Self Reliance Essay

689 words - 3 pages Over the course of the semester, the text I have connected best with is “Self-Reliance”, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was able to affix with my own personal experiences through his emphasis on learning to be accepting, to be one of a kind, and to not feel any less important for being nonpareil. An example of Emerson displaying the need to accept one another is when he says, "Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you

Self Reliance Essay

1178 words - 5 pages 1.	The essay that I elected to read and analyze was "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 2.	The Transcendental Movement held a strong opinion that one should have complete faith in oneself. Emerson, being an avid transcendentalist, believed in this philosophy. He supported this concept that we should rely on our own intuition and beliefs. "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.&amp

All About Self Reliance Essay

818 words - 4 pages “Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-reliance is one of the major writings that helped carve the ethnic American individualism and form the intellectual basis of today's writers.” (Liang) What is self-reliance you ask? As Emerson puts it, it’s relying on yourself instead of others. I believe in self-reliance because I believe in individuality. If people were to be more self-reliant they would stop worrying about other people and just focus on themselves