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Daemon
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Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Context from: Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays

First Series [1841]

Heroism

Towards all this external evil, the man within the breast assumes a warlike attitude, and affirms his ability to cope single-handed with the infinite army of enemies. To this military attitude of the soul we give the name of Heroism. Its rudest form is the contempt for safety and ease, which makes the attractiveness of war. It is a self-trust which slights the restraints of prudence, in the plenitude of its energy and power to repair the harms it may suffer. The hero is a mind of such balance that no disturbances can shake his will, but pleasantly, and, as it were, merrily, he advances to his own music, alike in frightful alarms and in the tipsy mirth of universal dissoluteness. There is somewhat not philosophical in heroism; there is somewhat not holy in it; it seems not to know that other souls are of one texture with it; it has pride; it is the extreme of individual nature. Nevertheless, we must profoundly revere it. There is somewhat in great actions, which does not allow us to go behind them. Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right; and although a different breeding, different religion, and greater intellectual activity would have modified or even reversed the particular action, yet for the hero that thing he does is the highest deed, and is not open to the censure of philosophers or divines. It is the avowal of the unschooled man, that he finds a quality in him that is negligent of expense, of health, of life, of danger, of hatred, of reproach, and knows that his will is higher and more excellent than all actual and all possible antagonists.

Read more: http://transcendentalism-legacy.tamu.edu/authors/emerson/essays/heroism.html

lazarius
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monamagda wrote:

Context from: Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays

Yes, torn out of the context it doesn't sound sound or right.

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Wilmar (USA)
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Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Yeah. Reasons can’t stand against feelings. Faith does sometimes. Right?
dave argo
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Daemon wrote:
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Except when there is no rhyme or reason in calling the action heroic?
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