As a family tree branches off into many different catagories

of family members, the conflict of self vs. society and the world

branches in the same fashion leaving many levels and types of

indiference that cause the inequality between you and ?them?.

Attitude, confidence, self expression, shyness, openess, etc., are

all aide or stall action to stay within the stream of the norm or

step out of the stream and dangle your wet toes on to society

and except any result and reaction that is returned by the worlds

looks and opinion on you. Negative or positve. As we read and

study Emerson, we learn and are reminded of the often

mentioned ?soul? in his writing. The ?oversoul?which is also

mentioned alot is another facor to add tp the completion of the

SOUL. Your soul is what comes naturally.

? The action of the soul os oftener in that which is felt and

left unsaid, than in that which is said in any conversation. It

broods over every society, and they unconsiously seek for it in

each other. We know better than we do. We do not yet possess

ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much

more. I feel the same truth how often in my trivial conversation

with my neighbors, that somewhat higher in each of us overlooks

this by-play, and Jove nods to Jove from behind each of us.?

--- Emerson

In this paragraph Emerson is saying that a society never

excepts or is never able to except someones soul. Only the

?oversoul? which is what is given to society your look, your

attitude, your reactions, etc. To know someones soul or feel it is

to feel it without knowing that you just experienced it at all. We

know more then we think we do but there are glitches in our

?oversoul? that stops us from knowing the truths of our souls.

The ?oversoul? is what society either excepts our rebukes, and

the way you personally handle the reactions is how it will effect

you. I think that Emerson suggests as in a quote ?The world, - -

this shadow of the soul, or _other me_, lies wide around. Its

attractions are the keys which unlock my thoughts and make me

acquainted with myself. . . . I do not see how any man can

afford, for sake of his nerves and his nap, to spare any action in

which he can partake. . .? I take this as Emerson is saying that

letting society change and effect you changing your norm is