What is a real world connection to Emerson's word's from his essay Self Reliance. "what I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think....Real World connection can be musical...

What is a real world connection to Emerson's word's from his essay Self Reliance. "what I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think....

Real World connection can be musical connection-song, movie/tv/book- choose a specific character or scene that communicates meaning of quote, or current/ historical event. Full quote: What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think. This rules, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitute to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  

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The 1988 movie, Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a biographical film about the avant gardeinventor, a maverick of his time who possessed such an independent spirit that he refused to forgoe or sell his ideas.

Truly Preston Tucker kept "his independence of solitude," and did what "concerned" him. For, his 1948 automobile featured safety devices that did not appear in other cars until 1968 or as late as 1980. His cars had safety belts, a directional third headlight that came on automatically if a turn were extremely sharp where the other headlights would not be effective. A complete frame surrounded the vehicle for crash protection, as well as a roll bar integrated into the roof. Another safety feature was that the steering box was behind the front axle to protect the driver in a front-end accident. The dashboard was padded and the instrument panel and controls were close the steering wheel. Shatterproof glass was used for windshields was made of shatterproof glass; they were also designed to pop out in a collision in order to protect occupants.

So innovative was Mr. Tucker that he designed an engine and transmission that were mounted on a separate sub frame secured with only six bolts so that the entire drivetrain could be lowered and removed from the car in minutes. With this construction, loaner engines could be quickly swapped in for service in only a half an hour.  Tucker also imagined making Magnesium wheels, disc brakes, fuel injection, self-sealing tubeless tires, and a direct-drive torque converter transmission, but did not have the time or money to develop them.

Despite pressures from the automakers, bad publicity, a questionable SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) Investigation, and other outside conflicts, that later proven to be unsubstantiated, Tucker persevered with his ideas. However, the negative press that he received destroyed Tucker's company. Nevertheless, throughout all his trials, Preston Tucker retained his personal vision as well as his integrity.

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