Ralph Waldo Emerson on Nature

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We are mammals, we are animals too. This is a lost idea because we consider ourselves better then nature. Emerson reminds us that we are part of nature. What this suggests is that because we are “rooted” in it, we need to work with nature instead of trying to make nature work with us. Our lives need to revolve around it, not try to make it work the other way around.

The point that Emerson is trying to make is true; humans need to start living in our natural environment and respecting it. Why can’t an African village that has no food or water survive? Because nature is telling them not to live there but humans don’t listen. Instead we feed them peanut butter jelly sandwiches and boxes of Ethos water. These people will never be able to sustain living in this area naturally but we try to force it. Emerson is also expressing that we are rooted in nature. That’s exactly why we look the way we do. Nature told us to grow hair because it would keep us warm, it told us to stand up straight and to grow eyebrows to keep the sun out of our eyes. Our lives were built around the environment; our DNA is rooted with the earth. So why go against it? It’s foolish to think that humans are better then Mother Nature.

Unfortunately we can’t seem to grasp this idea fully, but that’s understandable. With all the technology today it’s easy to get lost in our hectic days full of phone calls, traffic and concrete. We don’t think of nature as the biggest aspect of all. We build houses in areas prone to flooding and expect some sand will stop it. If we listened to nature then humans would be able to survive with greater ease. Emerson describes nature as moral and spiritual inspiration and guidance, and this is correct. Your daily actions revolve around the weather, we go out for a run because it’s sunny and stay in to watch and movie because it’s raining. Weather controls our lives more then we realize and we need to start appreciating it. We are animals too, Emerson understood this....
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