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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide. Options
Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Bully_rus
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:24:06 AM
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Wrong, only few people feel the necessity to go solo, alas.
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:03:36 AM
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Bully_rus wrote:
Wrong, only few people feel the necessity to go solo, alas.


I agree
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:25:21 PM

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Perhaps that is the difference between a true education and simply parroting what has been proffered by the system.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 5:05:59 PM
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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

from Emmerson's famous essay on Self-Reliance

FounDit hit the mark. In the Peoples Republic of China, "education" means "parroting what has been proffered by the system." Tens of millions of droid-like children parrot their teacher's every syllable. Imitation and Conformity are their gods. Indeed, the parrot should be China's national bird. Their education system is "suicide" in the truest sense of the word--destruction of the Self.



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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:02:45 AM
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Daemon wrote:
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


I am not sure whether Emerson had read Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) before he held his lectures of which the essay on "Self-Reliance" was one published with his
Essays, 1841, first series. I suspect he had, therefore he must have been aware of Colton's aphorism: "Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery".http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Caleb_Colton

Emerson's expanded quotation, as seen in MTC's post, deals with a different truth: That eventually every man must learn to stand on his own two feet.
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