I would like to ask about the essay  "From Nature" . My question is on the importance of being individual having individual identity:Does the importance of being individual having individual...

 I would like to ask about the essay  "From Nature" . My question is on the importance of being individual having individual identity:

Does the importance of being individual having individual identity support or it is different from the realtionship between nature and human spirit ?

I need to know why they do support each other. Also, I need two examples of the relation between nature and the  human spirit from the essay .

Please i need the answer as soon as possible .  

thank you :)

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Led by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Transcendentalists believed that the human senses can know only physical reality.  The fundamental truths of being and the universe lie outside the reach of the senses and can only be grasped through intuition.  So, in their search for understanding, the Transcendentalists were also interested in the natural world and its relationship to humanity.  For, they felt that if they explored nature thoroughly they would come to know themselves and the universal truths better.  Through this exploration, they discovered that the human spirit  is reflected in nature.  This led them to the conclusion that formed the heart of their beliefs:  All forms of being--God, nature, and humanity--are spiritually unnited through a shared universal soul, or "Over-Soul."

In his essay "Nature," Emerson states that a man becomes childlike again:  "In the woods is perpetual youth."  There man can "return to reason and faith."  His famous line of becoming "a transparent eyeball" expresses Emerson's belief that in nature man's intuition is exercised, and, thus, he learns about himself, spiritual truths, and universal truths:

I see all:  the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me:  I am part and parcel of God.

The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable.  I am not alone and unacknowledged.  They nod to me, and I to them....Yet it is certain that the power to produce this delight does not reside in nature but in man, or in a harmony of both.