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Literary Birthday, May 25, Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Readers here know I am a devoted fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you’ve read my mystery novel The Dazzling Darkness, you will find Emerson’s ghost within the story and haunting the characters from beginning to end.
Emerson believed that “when it is dark enough, you can see the stars” in every metaphorical sense that these words bring to mind. We all have dark times in our life. He knew these struggles deeply through the death of his first wife, Ellen, and his child, which caused him a crisis of faith.
American poet, philosopher, and essayist, Emerson led the transcendentalist movement in the mid-19th century. Nature. Individualism. Divinity. These are the basic ideas of his philosophy about life, liberty, and expression.
Here is a moment with Emerson to honor his everlasting insights that we still value today—especially today! He says here in this video that we are not the centre of the universe, but part of the whole … that all plant and life forms have an equal place and we all intertwine with each other within the world.
Born May 25, 1803, died April 27 1882.
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