In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, what does the following quote mean: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me"?

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This quote, from Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson , is one of the many very strong statements made my Emerson in this piece. When he cites those family members, "father and mother and wife and brother," he is citing the people who are, basically, forgotten, and left alone whenever "his genius calls." This suggests two things. First, it suggests that Emerson believes he is and has genius which may call to him at any time. Secondly, he feels that whenever...

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