In one passage, Emerson speaks out against the effort to over-intellectualize life - and particularly against experiments to create utopias, or ideal communities. A wise and happy life, Emerson believes, requires a different attitude. The mention of "Education Farm" is a reference to Brook Farm, a short-lived utopian community founded by former Unitarian minister George Ripley and his wife Sophia Ripley.
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“A parent who from his own childhood experience is convinced of the value of fairy tales will have no difficulty in answering his childs questions; but an adult who thinks these tales are only a bunch of lies had better not try telling them; he wont be able to related them in a way which would enrich the childs life.”
—Bruno Bettelheim (20th century)