Questions Emerson Self Reliance

B how does the desire and accumulation of property

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the well being of other people. b. How does the desire and accumulation of property cultivate a respect for various institutions? The colonist wanted to fight the king to get more right to their property, and does not want a ruler. But them they fear losing their property, and want a governmental system to protect it. c. How has the desire for and accumulation of property distorted man's vision and priorities? We value ourselves based on the thing we have. Our minds are set on the thought that money and property will solve our problems. d. Emerson distinguishes between "living" property and actual, physical property. Explain the difference in your own words. But that which a man is does always by necessity acquire, and what the man acquires is living property, which does not wait the beck (call; invitation) of rulers, or mobs, or revolutions, or fire, or storm, or bankruptcies, but perpetually renews itself wherever the man breathes. "Thy lot (a certain share) or portion of life," said the Caliph Ali, "is seeking after thee; therefore be at rest from seeking after it." Our dependence on these foreign goods leads us to our slavish respect for numbers. He is using the example of slave and how we have brought them down to the level on a non-living commodity because of our greed, and our property system. e. Towards the end of this paragraph, Emerson moves from the discussion of property to a related discussion about the member of a group (democrats, Whigs, etc.) versus the individual that is not necessarily part of any faction. What does he say about group membership? Do you agree? “the young patriot feels himself stronger than before by a new thousand of eyes and arms.” Emerson criticizes them thinking that their band in numbers will make them prove a point better, in fighting another institution. He says that numbers are no greater than an individual, but we are caught up in the concept of power in numbers. f. Speaking figuratively, what is the "man who stands on his feet" doing differently from the "man who stands on his head"? The man who actually moves and uses his feet and does physical work, rather than just relying on his intelligence.
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