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By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Narrated by: Bootsy Greenwood
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This modern version of Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic was created to reach a larger and more contemporary audience. The work has been edited to appeal to a wider range of experience and expression. The book is so full of wisdom but we simply don't speak the same way anymore. This book has been upgraded to better reflect a more current vernacular. All the pronouns have been changed from simply he/him to they/them. 

This edition is edited to be more relevant to today’s terminology and vernacular. As little as possible was modified in order to convey the author’s original intent. 

Mostly what was changed were the pronouns he, she, him, and her but a few other modifications were made in order to better convey the ideas in this classic work.

This updated version is more approachable and palatable than the original and still just as inspiring. It’s an incredible piece of literature that deserves to be recognized and widely known. 

This essay is truly more relevant to today than ever. Ralph Waldo Emerson was such a brilliant writer and thinker. 

In Self-Reliance, Emerson expounds on the importance of trusting your soul, as well as divine providence, to carve out a life. A firm believer in nonconformity, Emerson celebrates the individual and stresses the value of listening to the inner voice unique to each of us—even when it defies society's expectations.

This current version is created for your listening pleasure.

©2022 Blue Collar Mystics (P)2022 Bootsy Greenwood

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  • 21-03-23


Mispronounced names, poor editing (repeated sentences), and a strange static sound that interrupts through the recording. Pretty disappointing.