Emerson is expressing his belief that all men are equal whether or not they conform to the
expected patterns set by other men.
Emerson urges tolerance of all men, including those whose ideas are unique and individual.
Emerson urges men to be fair to each other, to women, and to minorities rather than conform
to the social norm of intolerance.
Emerson believes that in order to be a man of significance, one must be willing to be an
individual and outside of the mainstream.