No doubt, Emerson’s “The American Scholar,” reads difficult. I wanted to choose, not a sentence that is difficult linguistically, but difficult in theory. I chose a sentence in Emerson’s piece that brings forth a difficult concept, something that I wanted to disagree upon(Although, secretly, I wished I was discussion Poe). Emerson brings to light many, many little ideas as sub-ideas to his bigger idea. It was hard to choose a sentence because he says a lot of things I can readily disagree about, but, I settled on the most un-American sentence. Un-American in regards to religion, moral, and culture.
Emerson talks about God a lot, and the American religion is Christianity, you know, since we’re all “under god.” At one point in the essay, he brings up a little science, a little Newton, and a little spirituality, but the ancient kind, the “everything is connected, we are trees, the moon pulls the tides…and our emotions!” kind. It’s: That principal of Undulation in nature, that shows itself in the inspiring and expiring breath; in desire and satiety; in the ebb and flow of every atom and every fluid, is know to us under the name of Polarity,-these “fits of easy transmission and reflection,” as Newton called them, are the law of nature because they are the law of spirit. Firstly, I disagree upon Emerson’s choice in metaphor, not the theory, because it simply doesn’t fit. At least, that’s what I think. He mostly talks about God and the ideas of “man” based on biblical moral and basically: CHRISTIANITY. It’s yelling at the reader. I’m scared. Then, he dabbles on to this sentence like he just can, as if the head of the illuminati can go dabble on angels in heaven.
The definition of the law of spirit, I think, is what’s naturally happening, natural beliefs, such as earthly things are spherical because it mocks the spherical shape of the cosmos, you can see where the galaxies are being mimicked in our eyes, or, polarity, like the quote says, because think of the moon pulling the tides, and more. His morals are parallel to those of the bible and natural moral opposes that of the bible, because in the bible God created man, and deer, and whatever random animal is listed and every idea is a preexisting idea floating around God or something like that. Then, God dishes it out on a silver platter, which he made of course, and thus the earth was made. Then, here comes Adam and eve and they single-handedly birthed the ENTIRE world. You better get ready for one hell of a family reunion.
Onwardly, Emerson’s “The American Scholar” seems to have many contradicting beliefs, morals, and cultures, but, it appears to be okay for him to do such a thing and it only makes me wonder: What is Emerson’s personal religious beliefs?