Greatness : Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson : 023

Continuing our discussion of “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.


“The world has been instructed by its kings, who have so magnetized the eyes of nations. It has been taught by this colossal symbol the mutual reverence that is due from man to man. The joyful loyalty with which men have everywhere suffered the king, the noble, or the great proprietor to walk among them by a law of his own, make his own scale of men and things, and reverse theirs, pay for benefits not with money but with honor, and represent the law in his person, was the hieroglyphic by which they obscurely signified their consciousness of their own right and comeliness, the right of every man.”


This one difficult for me to understand. I think that he’s saying that royalty is the symbol for the greatness (even if they aren’t really so great) we know, at some level and to some degree, exists in every human being.

Celebrities… they’re just like us!


What do you think about this passage? Have an opinion you’d like to share? Feel free to drop your own thoughts in the comments.

 

 

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