Essay about Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature

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"In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836)

In his essay, "Nature", Ralph Waldo Emerson describes man's relationship to nature and to God. Early on, he describes himself as a "transparent eyeball." In this passage, he expresses his view that nature is purity. Emerson believes being in pure nature
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Man appreciates the beauty and pays homage to the one who created it. Emerson then says "There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair." He seems to feel at one with nature. Emerson sees the serenity and peace and realizes how insignificant all of his life's problems are. He believes that there is no problem nature is incapable of remedying. As the saying goes, "Time heals all wounds." Emerson's words seem to echo that. He seems almost completely careless about all his former petty concerns. His next remark, "Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes." He feels free of the bars society has constructed, he is free of all concerns and worries. the "infinite space" he describes indicates a place with no restrictions, where he can be as he ought to, to see the glory and majesty of nature. Emerson also notes that selfishness dissolves as the figurative big picture is made visible. Again, being in this situation enables a man to realize his insignificance as a single being. "I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all." This metaphor embodies the basis of Emerson's entire philosophy. In this sentence, he fully indicates his unique outlook - this "transparent eyeball" - means that he is
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