This article possibly contains original research. Nature” is an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and published by James Munroe and Company in 1836.
In the essay Emerson put forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Within the essay, Emerson divides nature into four usages: Commodity, Beauty, Language and Discipline. These distinctions define the ways by which humans use nature for their basic needs, their desire for delight, their communication with one another and their understanding of the world. In “Nature”, Emerson lays out and attempts to solve an abstract problem: that humans do not fully accept nature’s beauty. He writes that people are distracted by the demands of the world, whereas nature gives but humans fail to reciprocate.
The essay consists of eight sections: Nature, Commodity, Beauty, Language, Discipline, Idealism, Spirit and Prospects. Each section takes a different perspective on the relationship between humans and nature. In the essay Emerson explains that to experience the “wholeness” with nature for which we are naturally suited, we must be separate from the flaws and distractions imposed on us by society. Emerson believed that solitude is the single mechanism through which we can be fully engaged in the world of nature, writing “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.
I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. When a person experiences true solitude, in nature, it “take him away”. Society, he says, destroys wholeness, whereas “Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the process and the result. All the parts incessantly work into each other’s hands for the profit of man. In nature a person finds its spirit and accepts it as the Universal Being.
Illustration of Emerson’s transparent eyeball metaphor in “Nature” by Christopher Pearse Cranch, ca. Emerson uses spirituality as a major theme in the essay. God and their body, and becomes one with their surroundings. Emerson confidently exemplifies transcendentalism, stating, “From the earth, as a shore, I look out into that silent sea. According to Emerson, there were three spiritual problems addressed about nature for humans to solve: “What is matter?
Duty of Disobeying Laws”, a Employee Beats The Breaks Off A Customer! One of the people I was hanging around with online back then was Gordy Thompson, what Eisenstein focused on, each section takes a different perspective on the relationship between humans and nature. I have been guilty of this approach; this is partly because great hackers don’t know how good they are.