emerson: instead of man thinking divine postman; we have the bookworm.
divine postman: hence the book learned class emerson, who value books, as such: not as related to nature and the human constitution.
emerson: but as making a sort of third estate with the world and soul.
divine postman: hence the restorers of readings, the emendators, the bibliomaniacs of all degrees. this is bad.
emerson: books are the best of things divine postman, well used, abused, among the worst.
divine postman: what is the best use then? what is the one means which all things go to effect?
emerson: they are for nothing but to inspire friend. to teach one to make informed decisions. i had better not see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit. and made a satellite instead of a system.
divine postman: independent of your own thinking; and not replacing your natural genius but renewing it.
should the sky that we look upon tumble and fall destroying all that i own; i will learn to be content with what has remained. because i have found me.
emerson: yes, yes, divine postman. the one thing in the world worth beholding is the divine soul- the soul free, sovereign, and active. this every man is entitled to.
divine postman: a greater kingdom is found within. the soul active sees absolute truth and utters truth or creates.
emerson: in this action divine postman it is genius; not the privilege of here and there a favourite, but the sound estate of every man. in its essence it is progressive.
the first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature.
divine postman: the book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind stops with some past utterance of genius. this is good say they, let us hold by this. they pin me down!
emerson: they look backward and not forward. but genius always looks forward. the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead.
with reverted look divine postman man is always lamenting the past and not living for today. thus like a child who spills milk he is spilling the riches before him. wasting time as he drowns in dispair.
divine postman:if riches increase they are increased that use them. whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the deity is not his. cinders and smoke there may be but not yet flames.
emerson: we are all born with equal opportunity divine postman but our labour does not yield equal outcome.
although the wide earth is full of good no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of land which is given him to till.
divine postman: each man is in charge of his own fate emerson. let him not blame the immortals because of all his misfortune.
but understand that through his misfortune he will find his good fortune.
emerson: there are creative manners, and there are creative actions, and creative words. that teach us how to better communicate.
actions, words, that is indicative of no custom or authority, but springing spontaneous from the mind’s own sense of good and fair.
divine postman: man hopes but genius creates- for the good of man and the attainment of glory he endures.
regardless of all dangers he is confronted with, genius will remain upright in virtue and honor. assuring the rest of man that to create is the proof of a divine presence.
emerson: and so genius divine postman must take risks and not hold where he is comfortable. through the different environments he finds himself in, he will learn how to adapt.
he must learn with movement and live an abundant life constantly transforming himself. the road will answer all his questions.