EMERSON AND THOREAU ON FRIENDSHIP
SUNDAY, JUNE 10th, 2018
8:30 AM- 1:00 PM
12 East 79th Street
Come be inspired by the fine principles of friendship as expressed in the writings of two great American philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. The guidance and insight they provide apply to all of us and can be of great benefit in our lives.
Their friendship reflects the ideal of Transcendental philosophy, which is that true friendship requires the best of us: honesty, sincerity, equality and reverence. A friend stands for all of humanity and is a gift from God.
They inspired each other, challenged each other, had several rifts with each other, but they always had total trust and faith in each other. Each sought to help the other with genuine acknowledgement and affection while addressing the need for self-reliance and love of freedom.
From Thoreau’s essay:
Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love; and in proportion to our truthfulness and confidence in one another, our lives are divine and miraculous and answer to our ideal.
From Emerson’s essay:
There are two elements that go into the composition of friendship, each so sovereign that I can detect no superiority in either…One is Truth… The other element of friendship is tenderness.
All are welcome; no prior study of Emerson is required.
8:30 am Sign in/ coffee available
9:00 am Brief Introduction
Followed by 2 study sessions in small groups
Fee $30.00 includes a light brunch and printed material.
Full time high school/ college student fee: $15.00
Tickets available by clicking here or at the Registration Office on the 1st Floor of 12 East 79th Street.