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Emerson on Nature

Emerson on Nature

Author: Reilly Capps/Tuesday, December 17, 2013/Categories: climate change

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on Nature: 

Nature is no sentimentalist, — does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman; but swallows your ship like a grain of dust. ...  The planet is liable to shocks from comets, perturbations from planets, rendings from earthquake and volcano, alterations of climate, precessions of equinoxes. Rivers dry up by opening of the forest. The sea changes its bed. Towns and counties fall into it. At Lisbon, an earthquake killed men like flies. At Naples, three years ago, ten thousand persons were crushed in a few minutes. ... Providence has a wild, rough, incalculable road to its end, and it is of no use to try to whitewash its huge, mixed instrumentalities, or to dress up that terrific benefactor in a clean shirt and white neckcloth of a student in divinity.

Emerson spoke like an oracle. He could be talking to modern-day climate deniers who seem to believe that nature will always be benign. Alterations of climate are happening now like it has never done. And yet we're just going to keep driving our SUVs until we burn up. 

-- Reilly Capps 

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