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The first sentence I have quoted above emphasizes the importance of individualism. Individualism promotes the exercise of one's goals and desires and the value of independence and self-reliance. It advocates that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group, while opposing external interference upon one's own interests by society. America was a newborn country and the citizens needed to be independent from aspects of the old country, old literature, or old culture. It was the only way to stay strong and live as one. When they succeeded it, this would be the first step that they took with their own feet. According to the vision of individualism, each person should work for their own favor without being affected by any exterior impression while providing benefit to the society as well. Think of a person working in a car factory which produces American automobiles that will become very popular in the future, instead of staying at home and sitting idly and drowsily all day. This will gain him and his family economic independence, as will the country. America will no longer need to import many German or Japanese automobiles. Thus, when we work with our own hands, there will be no person to rely on rather than ourselves.
Moreover, independence should not be only physically but also mentally. Being a parrot of another mind is the worst circumstance that a man may encounter. However, for Man Thinking it is not even possible because this level-headed man will choose to set up his own system rather than being a satellite and rotating around the thoughts of other men. Not a thinker but Man Thinking will solely speak his own mind.
The second sentence reflects how the art works are not valued in America. In the industrial societies these kinds of professions are not considered as worthy to spend hours on it. Conversely, each soul needs a tune to listen to, a poem to read or a floor to dance on in every nation. It is not more than ignorance to think an engineer is more valuable than a poet. Each individual has a role in the society and we are completing each other, fitting like the pieces of a puzzle and forming a beautiful complement. There may be many obstacles in your way but you should go through the way which you believe it is true. At the point people commence to understand how precious the work you are doing is, they will start to support you and you will be valued as you deserve to be. It can be inferred that America was far from achieving this great success in Emerson’s day.
All in all, to be a strong nation we must be independent individuals at first. This will supply a basis in which people are living peacefully and happily. In the meantime, we must not ignore the importance of scholars, poets, artists, or dancers. A nation can rise only by comprising each character with different specifications. We need writers as much as science men, we need waiters as much as politicians, and we need sportsmen as much as engineers. No matter whichever profession a person occupied with, if he rejects accepting others’ thoughts without filtering them, then he becomes a grand ocean having numerous mysteries and valuable ideas within him. It is the first step to become Man Thinking. We are not babies, so we need neither anyone helping us to walk nor be fed by the ideas of other people. A bit of self-reliance and producing our own ideas will be a key to a new and unique concept.