From a long line of religious leaders, Emerson became the minister of the Second Church Unitarian in He left the church in because of profound differences in interpretation and doubts about church doctrine. He visited England and met with British writers and philosophers. It was during this first excursion abroad that Emerson formulated his ideas for Self-Reliance.
As I explore in my forthcoming book, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life Crown, Janthe gospel of positivity grew out of mystical and occult subcultures in America starting in the mid-nineteenth century and went on to become closest thing America has to a national creed.
Most of our modern ideas of positive thinking come from an American spiritual movement called New Thought, which promulgated the principle that thoughts are causative.
This belief crisscrosses cultural lines from the New Age to evangelical churches. It underscores much of our political jargon, from Ronald Reagan "nothing is impossible" to Barack Obama "yes we can"as well as our best-known commercial slogans from Nike's "just do it" to the U.
Army's "be all you can be. It is the most influential psycho-spiritual idea of our, and perhaps of any, time. For all the interest centered on positive thinking, the philosophy attracts equally intense criticism.
Critics see positive thinking as a cotton-candy theology that posits unrealistic responses to life, and that distracts men and women from the real social factors impacting our civic and private lives.
The literature of positive thinking is varied and vast. It ranges from the superficial to works of real substance - and it represents probably the one category of books that goes unread by its critics. For anyone who is interested in test-driving the powers of the mind call it a thought experimentor who is simply curious about what the "power of positive thinking" really prescribes, here is an annotated list of cornerstone works of positive-thinking spirituality.
While not exhaustive probably no such list could be it provides a full-circle tour of the positive-thinking outlook. Peale's innovation was to recast positive-thinking philosophy - which was once rooted in mystical subcultures and magical-sounding terminology - into language that proved acceptable to most church-going Americans.
Filled with enduring and surprisingly potent ideas, Peale's book turbo-boosted the fields of self-help, religious counseling, and therapeutic spirituality, as well as today's prosperity gospel.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - The journalist Hill minted the basics of get-rich metaphysics - with some assistance from his hero, industrialist Andrew Carnegie, whose insights provided Hill with his earliest inspiration.
Hill posited the existence of a "master mind" - a kind of analogue to Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Over-soul" - that could be used for persuasion and personal power.
Hill also urged the selection of a "definite chief aim" in life.
Next to Peale's work, Think and Grow Rich is the most influential and enduring book of its kind. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - Carnegie produced probably the shrewdest book on human relations ever written.
The book provides a blueprint for how to accomplish things inside of workplaces and other large organizations.
The author's basic counsel is:Self-Reliance and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions) [Ralph Waldo Emerson] on vetconnexx.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (–) propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self-reliance/5().
Self-Reliance and Other Essays has 15, ratings and reviews. HeatRush said: Ralph Waldo Emerson is the greatest writer who ever lived. I carry his /5. Do not seek outside yourself "Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still." Published first in in Essays and then in the revised edition of Essays, "Self-Reliance" took shape over a.
Emerson brought out his Essays: First Series, in , containing perhaps his single most influential work, "Self-Reliance." Emerson's style as an essayist, not unlike the form of his public lectures, operates best at the level of the individual sentence. Ralph Waldo Emerson (), American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher, lecturer, and essayist wrote Nature (); To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.
I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, , to a fairly well-known New England family. His father was an important Boston minister.
Young Emerson was only eight, however, when his father died and left the family to face hard times. His mother ran a boarding-house to.