Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

There will be a new church founded on moral science, at first cold and naked, a babe in a manger again, the algebra and mathematics of ethical law, the church of men to come, without shams, or psaltery, or sackbut; but it will have heaven and earth for its beams and rafters; science for symbol and illustration; it will fast enough gather beauty, music, picture, poetry. Was never stoicism so stern and exigent as this shall be. It shall send man home to his central solitude, shame these social, supplicating manners, and make him know that much of the time he must have himself to his friend. He shall expect no cooperation, he shall walk with no companion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Worship," The Conduct of Life (1860).

An articulation of the later Emersonian vision of the evolution of religion. We must resist taking his version of individualism here as extreme isolationism. Just above this passage, Emerson speaks of a "voluntary obedience, a necessitated freedom." Again, Emerson struggles to find words and images for a connected individualism, where there are moments of inspiration and solitude that only bind the individual more thoroughly to the universe. He says "When his mind is illuminated, when his heart is kind, he throws himself joyfully into the sublime order, and does, with knowledge, what the stones do by structure." By adding a kind heart to this list, Emerson seeks to add human relationships to that sublime order to which the illuminated mind fuses in its moments of enlightenment. In other words, we go it alone, at times, only to become that much more connected to nature and humanity.
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