genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions.
men. Though Frederick has probably never read or even heard of Ralph Waldo
the only true way to inner peace.
known. Like Emerson, Frederick believes that all he needs to know and
understand is with in himself. He claims to have no regret for quitting
with those skills should be at his discretion. Frederick is a wealthy man, but
very few people know to what extent. His beat up Ford truck and old work
cloths suggest nothing more that a simple working man. In fact this is exactly
what he is.
Frederick has a reputation for having little to say except for when the
issue concerns him, but he is also know for speaking his mind and standing up
for himself regardless of the consequence. Like most people he loathes taxes,
criminal waste of his money. His feelings on giving money to the poor are much
the same as Emerson?s:
If it were up to Frederick, there would not be a dime of him money spent on
of the summer while were chain sawing a trail through a Rhododendrem jungle.
All he said was ?it keeps me alive?. It was only then that I began to see what
mile stretch of river is his only source peace. Later in that summer while we
I hate-bull *censored*?. Frederick is a man who depends on no one, and expects
nothing. He says what he feels, and he makes no apology when he offends.
how Frederick lives, and it is for this reason that he is not loved by the
masses. In his defense, Frederick is genuine. He is a man that can be taken at
Frederick trys to hurt or belittle people, but he has a reputation for calling
situations as he sees them. He once told me ?the truth is often a lot more
painful than a lie, but life is to short for lies?. Most would agree that tact
it is not his strong point because it is not important to him. For Frederick
integrity is the most important thing a man can have.
In the time that I spent with him I never heard him do or say anything
to suggest that he is not perfectly content with himself. Emerson writes ?every
great man is unique?(565) With consistency that I have seen from no other man,
Frederick believes in himself, and that truly is unique. He is not a man that
law can be sacred to me but that of my nature?(552) is exactly the way
Frederick lives his life. He is known for holding on to his principles
This goes right along with the Emerson’s belief that ?It is only as a man puts
off from himself all external support, and stands alone, that I see him to be
strong and to prevail.? If I have ever known a man that stands alone, it is
Frederick Jones. According to Emerson:
looked for good out of him and elsewhere, and so perceiving, throws himself
unhesitatingly on his thought, instantly rights himself, stands in the erect
feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head. (567)
When I think of Frederick Jones, I think of a man with a great deal of self
confidence, and an untarnished sense of self-satisfaction. He is a man who
knows who he is and what he stands for. His way of life is what Emerson claims
to be the only way to inner peace.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself, nothing can bring you peace but the
triumph of principles.(567)
Whether he knows it or not, Frederick Jones? life more resembles
Emerson’s philosophy more than other man that I have ever known.