Douglas’ story is amazing. The way he doesn’t hold back on shedding truth of what he went through is powerful and provoking. Although I don’t see much resemblance between Douglas and Emerson, besides the fact that they’re both writers, I can see how they sorta have the same views on moving up and beyond. Emerson argues how “school smarts” is not enough, how life is more than just books but rather than experiences. I can see it as the same way Douglas just doesn’t want freedom for slaves but jobs/careers as well. Once Douglas became his own boss, he struggled and depended on others to get his way around. The freedom he wants is a peace of mind where he doesn’t want to worry about anything. Also, when it comes to education, Douglas believes that learning to read and write, booksmarts, would help him be free from slavery.
In The American Scholar, Emerson quotes on the 8th paragraph, “There is never a beginning, there is never an end, to the inexplicable continuity of this web of God, but always circular power returning into itself. Therein it resembles his own spirit, whose beginning, whose ending, he never can find, – so entire so boundless”. There are no limits as everything is unlimited. In Emerson’s Leaves of Grass, he explains how the universe is full with the spirit of God. Both authors share their perspectives on how their are no limits in life, growth, or with God.
The nature transformation I’ll be talking about derives from an NBC comedy t.v. series The Office. The Office is a comedy/romance about an office branch under paper company Dunder Mifflin. In a documentary style, the camera crew shows us the viewers the day to day life of what it’s like to work there. The main selling points of humor come from how they are managed by an insecure, unprofessional boss named Michael Scott.
In a specific episode called Survivor Man (Season 4, Episode 11), Michael gets jealous that he doesn’t get invited to a management only camping trip. After hearing stories about how another person within the same branch who go to go the trip, he decides to take a day off from the office to prove himself as well as his fellow employees that he can survive in the woods. Only after a few hours, he realizes that he misses his fellow friends from the office and learns that there are far more important things than proving himself he can survive. He comes back to the office happier than ever getting over his ego.
On a side note, this episode speaks to me especially because of how sometimes we get jealous and hurt when we feel left out after not being invited to certain events. We don’t need to go out and have adventures on our own to prove ourselves because if that’s the main reason for adventuring it isn’t worth the time, effort, and it won’t help the situation at all.
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