What is the importance of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature?" What message was Emerson trying to convey to his readers?

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In “Nature,” Emerson lays out his conception of transcendental unity. Nature, or its comtemplation, is a path towards unity with God. As he puts it, in the woods “I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” In other words, it is through the experience of Nature that one‘s identity (or “mean egoism”) is lost or merged with a kind of divine infinite, represented by God’s creation. Emerson argues that this state is fundamentally non-rational; being in Nature in this way is not about intellectual engagement or trying to “figure out“ natural processes, but instead is a kind of uncritical, poetic openness to beauty. 

Emerson argues that this state is fundamentally non-rational; being in Nature in this way is not about intellectual engagement or trying to “figure out“ natural processes, but instead is a kind of intuitive openness to beauty. This is why he says that...

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