Inspirational Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson on Life

The New York Times has issues with Emerson.

The excessive love of individual liberty that debases our national politics? It found its original poet in Ralph Waldo. The plague of devices that keep us staring into the shallow puddle of our dopamine reactions, caressing our touch screens for another fix of our own importance? That’s right: it all started with Emerson’s “Self-Reliance.” Our fetish for the authentically homespun and the American affliction of ignoring volumes of evidence in favor of the flashes that meet the eye, the hunches that seize the gut? It’s Emerson again, skulking through Harvard Yard in his cravat and greasy undertaker’s waistcoat, while in his mind he’s trailing silken robes fit for Zoroaster and levitating on the grass.

The phrase “… excessive love of individual liberty …” tells you what you need to know about the leftist NYT.

5 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson on Life

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  2. PJ, can I make an observation. These up-lifting, optimistic quotes are sometimes referred to as “motivation porn”. You know, those platitudes such as’ “Follow your dreams” or “You can do anything that you can dream”, etc. I am being a wise-ass. I see motivational posters, refrigerator magnets, framed quotes, etc., at work, the doc’s/dentist’s office, peoples work cubicles/stations, and get annoyed by them, because I am such a pessimistic realist. Again, I am just being a wise-apple. If I were you, I would tell me to “Shut the f*ck up, and motivate this!”.

    • That’s hilarious because I agree with you 100%. Ever since SNL began with the “Positive Affirmations” skits decades ago, I’ve been turned off to such flowery nothings.

      I love REAL “meaty” QUOTES, however, so there’s a difference, & “Dr. PJ” does include those as well. (Good on you for adding your PhD to your ID. Why not make use of it!)

      As for the condescending NYT, how does “staring into the shallow puddle of our dopamine reactions” relate to Self-Reliance? It doesn’t. Self-Absorption, maybe, if you check your “Likes” before anything else every day. But Self-Reliance, to me, means prepping with an eye to the future.

      “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Proverbs 22:3-NLT).

  3. PS: Dr. PJ, you need more twitter followers! You put out so much work, it needs to get more attention. I did a lot of tweeting the last 7-8 months of the Trump Campaign & would tweet/retweet out your headlines/links, but I haven’t done much twittering since. Makow retweets you off & on (which is how I originally found your blog).

    If you ever take a night off, spend it all night on twitter retweeting yours & every other site that you like. You will get followers just from having live “twitter activity.”

    I’m not sure what TIME of day is best to do twitter. Maybe early mornings when people check their twitters before heading to work, or maybe lunch hours, or maybe early evenings. Focusing on doing a ton of tweets/retweets during those “busy” times will draw attention to your blog; even if you only do that once a month or so. And follow everyone who follows you; it doesn’t matter if they are used-car-salesmen, you’ll be educating them either way. 🙂

  4. Another twitter thing I only noticed tonight… Twitter used to put “recommened people” in one of the sidebars (if you tweet re Trump, it would show a bunch of Trump supporters to follow), etc.

    But tonight all Twitter is showing are “world trends” in the right column. Maybe my browser is screwed up but I don’t see the usual “recommended people to follow” which was an easy way to add Follows to your twitter.

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