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I first read this essay when I was either my senior year in high school or freshman in collage. It knocked me out. The concepts presented in emerson's essay rang true 40 some years ago and as I have revisited this essay many times since, I have found it to continue to describe the truth of compensation in this life. This law of truth can be observed from many sources, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, we must know the bitter to understand the sweet, where much is given mu...more
I love Emerson's way with words. This discourse on the laws of compensation eloquently illustrates that each has it's opposite in the universe. Balance must be met out to create order, else all would be chaos. He challenges the reader to prove herewith God's law of promise and faith that whatsoever a man reaps, he shall sow.
in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston. Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian. The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do. "Really, it is beyond my comprehension," Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God. (Quoted...moreMore about Ralph Waldo Emerson...