Summarize the last page of "Self-Reliance."
Emerson concludes the essay with four main points on self-reliance. Throughout this essay, Emerson encourages the individual to listen to his/her inner voice, to be bold and brave enough to trust that inner genius. This is the source of creativity and nonconformity. Also, by listening to that inner voice, the individual avoids passively absorbing the doctrines of social institutions and the ideologies of others. The inwardly-focused, self-reliant individual uses his own mind as a source of creativity. In Part One of the last pages of the essay, Emerson continues with the emphasis on the individual's inner genius and shows skepticism about prayer because it is outwardly, rather than inwardly, directed:
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