In these latter years, he was so beloved, that when his house burned to the ground, admirerspaid to rebuild it. What a wonderful validation.
Each of us as individuals, and together as a group can be Emersonian. Each of us can pick and choose which issues to focus on: when to be quiet and when to stand up for something in an outlet that is effective. Each of us needs to be self-reliant, and pick ourselves up out of disappointment or grief or self-blame. Like Emerson and his mother, many of us will have to adjust our hopes and dreams; we’ll need inspiration. And according to Emerson, that source is very close: it is here and now, inside you.