As with many supporters of slavery, during his early years, Emerson seems to have thought that the faculties of African slaves were not equal to their white owners. But this belief in racial inferiorities did not make Emerson a supporter of slavery. Emerson wrote later that year that "No ingenious sophistry can ever reconcile the unperverted mind to the pardon of Slavery; nothing but tremendous familiarity, and the bias of private interest". Emerson saw the removal of people from their homeland, the treatment of slaves, and the self-seeking benefactors of slaves as gross injustices. For Emerson, slavery was a moral issue, while superiority of the races was an issue he tried to analyze from a scientific perspective based what he believe to be inherited traits.
During his early life, Emerson seems to develop a hierarchy of races based on faculty to reason or rather, whether African slaves were distinguishably equal to white men based on their ability to reason. In a journal entry written in 1822, Emerson wrote about a personal observation: "It can hardly be true that the difference lies in the attribute of reason. I saw ten, twenty, a hundred large lipped, lowbrowed black men in the streets who, except in the mere matter of language, did not exceed the sagacity of the elephant. Now is it true that these were created superior to this wise animal, and designed to control it? And in comparison with the highest orders of men, the Africans will stand so low as to make the difference which subsists between themselves & the sagacious beasts inconsiderable."
Emerson is often known as one of the most thinkers of his time who believed that through the democratic process, slavery should be abolished. While being an avid abolitionist who was known for his criticism of the legality of slavery, Emerson struggled with the implications of race. His usual liberal leanings did not clearly translate when it came to believing that all races had equal capability or function, which was a common conception for the period in which he lived. Many critics believe that it was his views on race that inhibited him from becoming an abolitionist earlier in his life and also inhibited him from being more active in the antislavery movement. Much of his early life, he was silent on the topic of race and slavery. Not until he was well into his 30s did Emerson begin to publish writings on race and slavery, and not until he was in his late 40s and 50s did he became known as an antislavery activist.
Emerson dismisses the approach of our temperament which limits to the level of matter and cannot recognize the direct and transforming connection that exists between the God and the individual.
“We are always getting ready to live, but never living”
Next is succession which influences a man’s perception of life and does not let you concentrate or keep focus on one thing. Our soul or inner self is looking for one permanent “creator “, but it is human constitution which seeks change in chasing material pursuits. We tend to form an impression of anyone by looking at the surface and fail to see what lies beneath.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself”
The divine force that exists in one and all must be sought in all humans and not just the social status. The element of surprise enlivens our life with magic and keeps us self-limited. We are in awe looking the capabilities of the individuals and their talents and reinforce on it highly. We do not want to grow beyond our talents. Reality is the element that does not change within us. The last element is subjectivism.
Philosophical awareness of human shortcomings is talked in various thoughts and writings. There are constant discussions on how life should be, what is good, what is bad, what should be followed and what not. But the ultimate approach of each individual should be to live his life as his own and not be swayed by reasons and logic. We must not analyze the process of life as it will only disappoint us. The act of balance between the nature and the power of force is essential to the harmony in our existence
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