“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think.”(Self-Reliance, Emerson) Mr. Keating wanted the students to think for themselves do what would benefit them
in the end and focus on one’s self individually over a whole as society. Mr. Keating did this himself by teaching the students what he thought was right over the school rules and what they wanted him to. Emerson thought as if “to be great is to be misunderstood…” Emerson as well didn’t focus on the ideas of society and everyone agreeing but instead focusing on himself. Mr. Keating promoted the students to do what came to mind and to not follow the norm and the rules exactly. They demonstrated this multiple ways in the classroom, one of which was when they ripped out the pages in the Whelton textbook, not listening and reading what it was trying to tell them. Next Mr. Keating told the boys to see things from their own perspective and not to listen to what someone says about it, but to experience it for themselves and look at things form a different point of view; as standing on the top of desk took place.
“I went to the woods because I wished to