Based on the poem Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“The rounded world is fair to see,
Nine times folded in mystery:
Though baffled seers cannot impart
The secret of its laboring heart,
Throb thine with Nature’s throbbing breast,
And all is clear from east to west.
Spirit that lurks each form within
Beckons to spirit of its kin;
Self-kindled every atom glows
And hints the future which it owes.”
—Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
From the Poetry Foundation:
"Back home Emerson began his lifelong career as a lecturer, first on scientific subjects, then on literary, ethical, and metaphysical topics, appearing in lyceums around Boston and feeling his way toward his first book, Nature. This slim, ninety-five-page volume, which he published anonymously in 1836, was a manifesto of what Emerson, borrowing the term from Francis Bacon, was calling the “First Philosophy.” His manifesto stated that the world consisted of Spirit (thought, ideas, moral laws, abstract truth, meaning itself ) and Nature (all of material reality, all that atoms comprise); it held that the former, which is timeless, is the absolute cause of the latter, which serves in turn to express Spirit, in a medium of time and space, to the senses. In other words, the objective, physical world—what Emerson called the “Not-Me”—is symbolic and exists for no other purpose than to acquaint human beings with its complement—the subjective, ideational world, identified with the conscious self and referred to in Emersonian counterpoint as the “Me.” Food, water, and air keep us alive, but the ultimate purpose for remaining alive is simply to possess the meanings of things, which by definition involves a translation of the attention from the physical fact to its spiritual value. Emerson was saying that human life cannot be accounted for on a purely mechanical basis: without some such notion of the spiritual as Emerson describes, men and women could perhaps register the existence of the world (as animals do) but could have no meaningful relation to it, no sense of its beauty, no feeling for the fitness of its moral relations. Such consciousness is the experiential link to higher (“transcendental”) realms. As in the revelation at the Jardin des Plantes, the germ of spirit in moral consciousness is the sign of relation between the human and the divine and is perpetually attuned to the dramatic shows that spirit unceasingly plays out."
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Music: Belles by Andrew Bird
Canon T2i + Final Cut Pro
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