One of the quotes that can inspire young people today is, " To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."The reason this quote is inspiring, is because it explains that being unique is important. Trying to be like everyone else and fit in will get you nowhere. There is nothing wrong with being your own person.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." This quote was the most inspiring to me, because so many times individuals get compared to celebrities or endorsers or with today's society social media influencers. So many times individuals are their hardest critics; knit picking their own flaws and comparing themselves to the apparently "flawless" influencers or celebrities. Society is pushed to be influenced by the looks or the actions of someone that has a higher social status. "...In a world that is constantly trying to make you something else..." sometimes it is best to just be yourself and in the end you stand out more for just being who you are rather than trying to conform to the ways that society pushes you to be. In a world like this, like the one today, sometimes the greatest accomplishment is to defy these pressures and just be yourself.
"all we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom."
This quote from War and Peace can easily be related to by young adults today because as they are venturing into the real world they have no idea what the future holds. They may be confused on what to do next, whether to go to college, or how to live on their own. Therefore young people have no answers and must live in the present. They must live each day to the fullest and do the best they can for a good and successful future. They are kept in the dark, unknowing of what comes next, but they must stay hopeful that with hard work and energy they can become great.
"It is not the lenght of life, but the depth." -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This quote would inspire the young today because it tells them to live your life to the fullest. The resason it is still prevelant today is because to many young people live to make money, find love, or become famus and often completly overlook their happiness. The reason this has happened is because society has become materialistic and less focused on people living to the fullest.
"It is not the length of the life, but the depth"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is an outstanding quote from a great poet. This quote means that it does not matter how long your life is, but what you do in your life that people will know you for. For example, Abe Lincoln was only 56 years old when he died, but still remembered today. This is because of all of the amazing things he did throughout his life, which made him one of the most memorable people in history. This quote should show young people how what you do in your life matters much more then how long you live.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Emerson's quote would inspire today's youth because many people feel pressured to change themselves into something they aren't. Emerson is saying that it is very rare to see people being their true selves because our world is constantly trying to make people turn into what society wants. In our world today, people are always trying to conform to fit our social standards, which is why this quote would greatly impact young people today.
"Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself" - Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
This quote by Tolstoy can still inspire young people today by showing how fear can hold them back. In the quote Tolstoy says that man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death and those without fear can have everything, I take this to men that as long as someone has fear in their life the fear is going to hold them back from getting what they want. I believe that this quote is telling people to push the fear away so that you know what you are capable of doing and accomplishing in life.
"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."
Alex had several quotes that inspired him as a young adult, he looked for motivation and truth within his most favorite quotes. For example, Alex liked the quote "We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom." This quote can still inspire today's youth as we all continue to grow our knowledge and values. This quote, by Leo Tolstoy, allows the readers to realize that they are never done developing, through all stages of life. Leo Tolstoy wrote this quote to humble and inspire the future leaders of this world by allowing them to crave knowledge and growth in their life. This quote also inspires the young people to get out and explore what the world has to offer them. Alex most likley was inspired by this quote because it reassured his decision of leaving and exploring the wild, so he could grow more within his self and acquire the knowledge he felt like he was missing.
"It is not the length of life, but the depth" Ralph Waldo Emerson
If someone chooses to lead a life full of being scared of injury or death they will never live a joyful and fulfilled life. Everyday people constantly look over their shoulder afraid to go out and enjoy things that could be dangerous and could them bring happiness and excitement. Others choose to live their life with more depth it's the excitement that brings them happiness and keeps them going. If someone lives a long life but barely completes anything or follow their dream, was their life worth living? Another possibility is living a short fulfilled life with a lot of memories and excitement. Alex like many from more recent generations find thrill from possibly dangerous adventures. This quote can inspire new generations to live life to the fullest without fear.
The quote "All good things are wild and free" stands out because of the story behind it. The words are relevant today because of the common understanding of freedom for all. Without freedom you are controlled and manipulated, the reason the United States is here today is because of freedom and natural born rights. Many still fight for this privilege and do not have it; for example the civil war in Iran and many other eastern European countries. The fight for freedom is human nature, we all have the fight to have control over our fate and to have the rights everyone deserves. Life without the ability and freedom to do what you desire isn't a life worth living.
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet." -Jack London
This quote, I feel like, is a great representation of what inspires young people today. Individuality is a virtue many people in today's day and age so strongly believe in. People are expressing themselves in the most unique ways, that have never been seen before now, more than ever. Many people in the world want to be themselves and not conform to the ideologies of 'normal' society, and this quote is a good representation of that.
The quote, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." By Ralph Waldo Emerson seems the most relevant and inspiring to youth today, It seems that way because, it's more normal for people to try and change other people more than it is for people to just be themselves. For example, people would rather judge and bully someone just because that person loves someone of the same gender and it's not "ideal" and "right" in their eyes. To be yourself in the world today is what seems to be a bold and crazy idea so, if you actually do dare to be yourself, then you've accompished something not a lot of people would even think about doing.
"colleges being noting but grooming school for the middle-class non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and televisions sets in each living room..." - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
In today's culture, it is a social standard for high school graduates to attend college even if the student does not have a desired profession in mind. But the attendance in college for some is solely based on social standards not because the job requires it. College promotes conformity with these standards in that the college itself holds a certain success level from the gratitude in attending Harvard Law compared to a community college such as Ivy Tech. Colleges teach single minded thinks to often lead every student towards the same degree and though process in order to train everyone in a factory mindset. Alex in the book Into the Wild defied the odds and keep his own beliefs throughout college, and never conformed to anyone. He instead internalized his thoughts, and following his graduation he left society.
"All good things are wild and free."
-- Henry David Thoreau
This quotes invites the thoughts of young life through wants and desires. Most children have been under parental control their entire life dying for the refreshing breath of air that allows independent thoughts and actions. In teenage years, growing up and living alone answering to ones own rules was the ideal way to live. Completing everything parents expect, escaping out from under their rule and stress, darting to live a lifestyle set by these young adults is all anyone could wait for. Just like in the book, Chris did everything his parents asked and expected of him; as soon as he graduated college and became an adult he vanished. Living by his own rules and doing what he liked to do. The idea of independence drives kids to grow up faster than one should. Inspiring them to travel and live life to the fullest because they can.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." This quote accurately represents where many young adults live by today. Emerson used this quote to encourage the younger generation to branch off in daily life and not follow the status quo. In modern society, children and trained from an early age that they have to get good grades, participate in certain sports, and go to college once they graduate from high school. This quote signifies that you should not have to do what the world wants you to do, but what you want to do with your life. By following your own path, you will live a happier and more fulfilling life than just following societal norms.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -Henry David Thoreau
This quote blatantly shows us that Chris is an introvert. Thoreau states that he would rather be physically uncomfortable then be emotionally uncomfortable. To choose to sit on a pumpkin away from people rather than sit comfortably with people shows us just how deep Chris' tendencies to be an introvert goes. This quote applies to teens today because it mentions a pumpkin and it is spooky season. It also resonates with those that are uncomfortable in social setting, or who enjoy time alone more than time with others. It also lets others know that its okay to want to be alone and have time to yourself. The only reason I did this quote was because it mentioned a pumpkin and it's spooky season.
The quote I chose is "Rather than love, than, money, give me truth." Why this quote may inspire todays youth is the lack of truth teen spread around. Weather it's rumors, covering for yourself, or just making something up to sound interesting lying has become so common. People have become so indulged about materialistic items and how much they can profit from any task they do to buy the newest stuff, they've lost track of true values. Truth-fullness is a key thing in life rather than having money, to a certain extent love, and fame.
"It is not the length of life, but the depth."
This quote is relevant today because whenever someone passes on, what comes to thought is how they have left their footprint on them personally or to society. The measure of life should not be on how long you lived but rather how well you lived it. Young people today should understand this and think of how they long to be remembered or how impressionable their presence was to society. No one likes scratching the surface because you don't get much out of it. The depth is the most captivating and intriguing part.
The quote "It's not the length of life, but the depth", is a very inspirational. It means it's not how long you live but how you live it. You should live life to the fullest then avoiding everything so you live longer. I think a lot of our young kinda already live by this motto, but some of our young society have a more conserved view on how they live their life. This quote ties into a previous lesson about which of the three themes apply to us. If you live your life for depth them you will be allured to risky behaviors.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote would be a great inspiration to young people today because it is encouraging people to go their own way. Majority of people in todays society form together and follow whoever they think is the best. Younger people need to start being themselves and being their own leader. People have conformed to society causing them to stray away from who they really are. Everyone wants to seem "normal" but in reality what is normal? I think being yourself and straying away from everyone else is what really makes someone "normal".