“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson brings up relativism, the idea that we, as individuals, hold up a unique perspective that colors the lens with which we see the world.
Two different readers will see the same landscape and read the same book through two different lenses, both literally and figuratively.
The perspectives that color the lenses through which we see the world are created by our life experiences. What we have seen or read before impacts our present view.
Consequently, the enjoyment derived from hiking and gatherings such as tertulias or salons is in the company.
Individuals notice different details. It is in sharing those details that we come closer to a complete picture.
Emerson belonged to the transcendentalist movement which took place in the nineteenth century in American Literature.
Transcendentalists such as Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.
Transcendentalism calls for a profound respect and appreciation of nature, hence today’s quote from Emerson.
Tomorrow we will examine the need for an absolute connection to animals as a part of our connection to nature.