Emerson vs. the logicians

Image: David Marcu

I love Emerson for more reasons than I can state here. He’s one of my main influences for the work I do today. In fact, the quote that drove me to naming this publication Higher Thoughts is this one…

“Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.”
 — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here’s what writer Harriet Martineau wrote about Emerson’s lectures back in 1848...

“The logicians have an incessant triumph over him, but their triumph is of no avail. He conquers minds, as well as hearts, wherever he goes; and without convincing anybody’s reason of any one thing, exalts their reason, and makes their minds worth more than they ever were before.”

When I read that, I had to close my eyes and soak it in. I meditated on it for a good ten or fifteen minutes.

That, right there, is so refreshing in today’s how-to, uber rational, Google-searched world.

It’s incredibly freeing as a creator to hear that Emerson didn’t let the ‘logicians’ silence him.

Their triumph was of no avail.

To them, they won. But in reality, their ‘winning’ did no good. His words snuck around the back door of the logical mind and made an impact from a deeper level.

He wasn’t working on the level of the intellect alone. He was working on the soul level. This is evident in his prose.

I hope you keep this in mind when you write. The logicians will say what they will. But if you’re speaking from conviction, it won’t matter.


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