In the fourth paragraph of "Self Reliance", what does Emerson see as the most sacred aspect of a person?



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Emerson suggests that nothing is more sacred than "the integrity of our own mind."

Emerson believed that people should not allow others to decide things for them.

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. (p. 4)

If you focus on yourself, and care about yourself and what you think, then no one can control you.  If people believe in their own hearts, and do not let others think for them, then they will be successful.

Self-reliance was an important concept to Emerson because he believed that people were being told what to think.  To determine for yourself what you believe is the key to humanity.


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