Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” God is always near He reveals Himself everywhere and at all times in nature. In His presence we feel real delight in spite of sorrow. Nature gives us better, “higher” thoughts and emotions. “In the woods, is perpetual youth” (Nature). Every person should place full trust in himself or herself (Self-Reliance). Never conform (one of the main issues with society) The Transcendental View The physical facts of the natural world are a doorway to the spiritual or ideal world (simply SEEING something and appreciating it is not enough…we must FEEL it). “transparent eyeball” People can use their intuition to behold God’s spirit revealed in nature or in their own souls. The Transcendental View, continued… Self- reliance and individualism must outweigh external authority and blind conformity to custom and tradition. Spontaneous feelings and intuition are superior to deliberate intellectualism and rationality.