Emerson Quote “Seeing Nature”

    Emerson states in his piece Nature, “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. At  least they have a very superficial seeing…. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”(Emerson 127) In this quote Emerson captured a current true fact among a lot of people. This quote is not based off a person’s ability to see with their eyes, but rather an adult’s ability to understand, respect, and appreciate every aspect of nature. Aspects of nature such as the different seasons, Fall, Spring, Winter, and Summer pass by without much attention and appreciation. Many people take the changing colors of leaves, the chilly air, and the thunderstorms of the summer as just being routine. The different season changing mean only a change in wardrobe or a harvest in the field. The different types of animals, bugs, insects, and reptiles are often observed and recorded but few cherish the variety of living things here on earth. Few people stand in awe of the size and strength of an elephant. Few people admire the speed of a cheetah. Few people marvel at the brilliant color of flowers or the feathers of a bird. The different landforms, bodies of water, planets, stars, etc. rarely consumes a person’s mind in their splendor and importance. The depth of ocean basins, the strength of waves, the vastness of a plain, the height of a mountain are all aspects of nature that are regarded as minor things compared to the importance of humans. Nature is taken for granted even though it could survive without humans, but humans are not the position same the same. Day after day few people take the time to grasp the fact that without such things as the sun or the air we would cease to exist. Few people take time to be grateful for the fertility of the land that produces food. Also, not too many people take the time to consider processes such as photosynthesis and its importance or bee pollination. Nature’s definition is not limited to what it can provide man. Emerson stated, “beasts, fire, water, stones, and corn serve him. The field is at once his floor, his workyard, his playground, his garden, and his bed.” (Emerson 130) On the other hand, “nature satisfies by its loveliness, and without any mixture of corporeal benefit.” (Emerson 132)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Nature. Ch./Art: Full book p.1x-76.pub. American Renaissance 2009

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