Untitled Indignance

Thursday, September 20th, 2007 UTC

Nature, by definition, refers to any thing or doing of the natural world. From a scientific point of view, the natural world would be considered the rocks, plants, and animals that are found in our environment. To Emerson, nature is an everlasting component of life that is always molding our state of mind, portraying our feelings and affecting our emotions. Similar to what poets, artists, writers and politicians do, naturalists observe changes in their surroundings and try to explain them and put them to use for the rest of the world. In both ancient Greece and Rome, elements of nature have been portrayed as gods. What better admiration than to be considered divine? Even in our modern world, humans are constantly trying to recreate nature. Was the invention of the swimming pool not a more conveniently located imitation of an ocean or lake? Recreation centers hold urban versions of rock climbing and aerobic machines meant to impersonate hiking a mountain. This is a cosmopolitan’s way of connecting with nature between signing business deals and taking coffee breaks.

Nature has put each individual in a certain place in this universe. The only thing we must each accept is our beginning; we choose where to go after that. Through media and celebrities, society not only tells us what is acceptable and what is not, but also gives us the criteria we must fit to stand out. Oxymoron? Definitely. Since the birth of the human race, men have always been attracted to voluptuous females, a factor in women that is usually related with a higher fertility. In the last few decades, the ideal feminine figure has been declared being a skeleton with skin. Having these traits means beauty. Let’s all starve ourselves. If only the headline of every newspaper around the world would read, “The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude” [Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson], then perhaps the eating disorder demographics would decrease.

Nicolas Copernicus and Galileo Galilei were both nonconformists who lived their lives ignoring death threats and taunting from many authorities due to the fact that they questioned and insulted the beliefs of the society they lived in. Joan of Arc was finally burned at the stake for being a nonconformist after receiving many death threats from high religious officials. The question is: should she have kept her mouth shut and stopped leading the French army after receiving these threats, or was it beneficial to her that she change the history of Europe? Joan was true to herself. Conformity is merely a circumstantial issue that need be dealt with by asking oneself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze? Should I give up the things close to me for a better cause?” When dealing with simple things such as “I don’t care if my class raises enough money for the prom, because I don’t feel like helping with the fundraiser,” conforming to the situation and actually going along with the flow will usually benefit the person. If the person would choose to not help with the fundraisers, his/her classmates would most likely turn against him/her.

According to Emerson, geniuses have a universal sense and proclaim what others keep shamefully to themselves. The geniuses get credit for “original thoughts.” Their insides are reflected on the outside. They are not afraid to openly describe the influence nature has caused upon them. How many geniuses can one society afford? How many people can be true to themselves without affecting their neighbor’s truth? Too much individualism in one society can destroy its customs, traditions, and sense of unity or nationality, social aspects that people have thrived on for thousands of years. Excessive solitude can deprive humans of things they have always sought out: a partner, a family, or a comfort zone among the rest.

If there is one thing the simple rules of nature have taught me, it is that no matter the challenge, nature goes on. Persistence and wisdom keep the wisest person moving forward, and when no one can keep me down, I am true to my cause.

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