Emerson - Nature

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Mauricio Berrios
ENGL 227-500
Midterm Essay
Man v. Wild!
In this day and age we live in an era where hunting is done for sport, where we depend on others for our nourishment, where we find it necessary to complain about simple remedial tasks, and where we find it necessary to stay as far away as possible from the great outdoors. Our current generation in America has become one of the laziest in the history of humanity, not in the matter of being lazy to do work but in the manner of not fighting for our own survival; instead we depend on others to do the surviving for us. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature,” presents ideas on how humans should live in harmony with nature to truly become one with nature itself, by not only connect physically but spiritually; at the rate in which we are separating ourselves from nature, we as humans are no longer evolving but instead digressing back into the crude protoplasm creatures that we started as – mindless and simply meant to die. For this reason Emerson’s ideal must live in to this day and even past our time.

The ideals which Emerson presents are that “the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul, (493)” meaning that we have the potential to be connected spiritually to everything. In the world we live in now, the closest that we become connected to nature is either by watching the television show “Man v. Wild” or by simply reading books such as “Into the Wild” instead of experiencing the world first hand. When coming to this subject, Emerson’s ideas have lost full relevance because of shows such as Man v. Wild; “But isn’t the main character of that show out in the wilderness?” Yes and no, he is out in the wilderness braving against Mother Nature and putting his own life at risk but for all the wrong reasons - for entertainment and money. Connecting with nature is supposed to be done in a spiritual way, where he can isolate himself within his own mind and focus on all the natural beauty of life, “in their eternal calm,...
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