Can you imagine a world with a lonely, hot wind forever gusting about heavy black clouds that never let loose their watery gifts? Where the sun, moon, and stars are only a memory? Where nothing but scorched dirt and craggy rock can just barely be made out across the barren and shapeless horizon? Nothing moves upon the ground, and there is no birdsong or crickets or creature calls of any sort?
Such a world would be rather depressing and harmful to a person’s mind and spirit, don’t you think? Plants, stars, rain, animal life: We often take each of these for granted, yet we need them in our lives. Nature, in and of itself, has been woefully under-appreciated by many cultures and with increasing frequency. However, nature plays a large role in each individual’s life. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his essay entitled Nature: “But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things.”
Have you ever just stepped outside and absorbed the sights and sounds of the world going on about you? Laid on the grass, closed your eyes and felt warmth of the sun on your face and a cool breeze swirling past your ear? Sat in front of a roaring campfire in the middle of the woods, smoke curling past your nose up to the sparkling stars above? Dug your feet into the soft, shifting sands as the waves flow back and forth around your ankles, the sound ringing in your ears and relaxing your shoulders?
Just thinking about these scenarios puts the mind at ease. Throughout the history of the world, countless people have turned to nature to heal their frazzled, anxious minds and let go of their darkest feelings. They come out of their tête-à-tête with nature with a renewed vigor and joy for life, their creativity soaring and boundless. Art, in every form, has been greatly affected by nature. It is one of the best inspirations and creative muses the world over.
The loveliness of nature is constant and infinite. Never will the cultures of the world have no use for the resources and landscapes of the Earth. Art would at no time suffer its ultimate destruction. Instead, the trees, mountains, waves, and cosmos will continually affect us all. Again, in the words of Emerson, “Nothing divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive. The beauty of nature reforms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.”