Magazine article International Wildlife

Seeing Beauty: Thoughts from Emerson

Magazine article International Wildlife

Seeing Beauty: Thoughts from Emerson

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On Health and Regeneration

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and wood, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

On Reason and Faith

In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befal 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.

On Nature as Daily Food

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. …

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