Ideologically, nature has influenced the human race in a tremendous amount of ways. We often take for granted the many things our environment has to offer. This includes some of the sounds and imagery I witnessed on my nature walk.
I was reluctant to put on airplane mode for an entire hour however, after about 10-15 minutes of walking I realized how distracting a cell phone is! Disconnecting myself from my iPhone was really fun actually. I realized how important the anti-consumption aspect of Emerson’s Nature was. He has a very powerful line in a text that reads, “Nature is well adapted to our weakness as to our strength” (12). The way we absorb nature, will depend on our emotions; nature is accommodating in that form. I recognized this on my nature walk when I turned off my phone because allowing the crackling of the leaves, and the blowing wind in my ear to vibe with me, gave way to my new appreciation of nature. I found myself wanting to step on leaves, wanting to take pictures of the sky.
I think that Nature is godly in that sense. Its sounds, colors, and feelings rub into us and for me, it is a peaceful yet exciting phenomena. Seeing the sunset was the most tasteful experience for me. I felt a different mood when the sun fully set. During the bright hours, I was jollier but during the night, I found myself thinking of more pessimistic thoughts. Still, I enjoyed freeing my mind.
Emerson speaks a lot of an anti consumer mindset. I think that I am very privileged to own an iPhone, and what cell phones do is take away the beauty of natural living. Enduring a nature walk was something that enhanced my gratitude for nature.