Rewrite the paragraph below for an audience of your peers. Try to follow the original meaning as closely as possible.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connexion of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the Eternal was stirring at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not pinched in a corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but redeemers and benefactors, pious aspirants to be noble clay under the Almighty effort let us advance on Chaos and the Dark.

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This is definitely about self-reliance as genuine individual living. There is also the sense of ‘seize the day’ (which is certainly not a modern phrase) and being aware of your place in history and what you can do as an individual, as a member of society, but Emerson also calls for a transcendent move. He means this spiritually/philosophically but also as being courageous enough to lead humanity in its progress and adventure into the chaos and dark (which could be interpreted as the unknown future). So, I agree that only you can put this in your own words. If I were to put this in words for an audience of my own peers, it would be less refined, but hopefully as powerful. The thing about it is that this passage, and many others from Emerson, are general powerful enough to be timeless. That is, they can apply to any period in history because they illustrate virtuous principles that can be...

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