This article accompanies the fable
"Travelling is a fool's paradise," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. He had a lot to say about the follies of travel in his essay Self-Reliance while Melville was lost in the South Seas...
And here is his countenance and his hexagram, Heaven over the Mountain: the Superior Man, keeping his distance from men of inferior character is not angry but dignified.
While Melville appreciated much that Emerson wrote, he didn't like him ("this Plato who talks thro' his nose" he said, early on ) and he thought his views on travel were contemptible, ridiculing him in his novel Pierre and in his letters:
He could just as well be referring here to Joseph Smith. Both Emerson and Smith had their gazes directed over the heads of their contemporaries, upwards towards Heaven.