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Emerson And The Soul

             I agree with Emerson when he writes about "the soul" and his ideal that there exists a unanimous connection throughout man's value system. Our actions and decisions in making moral choices are combined and interwoven to compose the soul. The soul exists in every facet of life and is even found in the very basics of government and law. The idea of the soul is evident in and greatly influences religion and faith. It is inherent in the morals of all men, therefore there is truth to the existence of the soul. Emerson writes of the soul; " that Unity, that Soul, within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart, of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains every one to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character, and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand, and become wisdom, and virtue, and power, and beauty. In this quote, Emerson says that the common instinct instilled in man lets him see the truth for himself. Man has to look past all of the tricks and constraints of society and see what truth really exist. This reality found from the shared soul, is the purest form of truth. All men have this ability to perceive the truth, and a common knowledge of goodness unites and unifies us all. Man's instinctive actions in making moral choices are all part of the soul. Man can perceive that which is ultimately good, only if he looks past the set laws and dogmas of the majority.
             It is true that all men have certain inherent morals. These morals that uniquely define man, are what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Man knows how to act within socially acceptable standards while animals do not have any social standards. This human characteristic to distinguish between what is morally right from wrong is evident in every individual and constitutes a unifying all embodying "entity", the soul.

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