Music: Stergiadis, D’Alfonso
Words: Taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature. Read by Jesse Zuba at LibriVox.

The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.

The foundations of man are not in matter, but in spirit. But the element of spirit is eternity. To it, therefore, the longest series of events, the oldest chronologies are young and recent. In the cycle of the universal man, from whom the known individuals proceed, centuries are points, and all history is but the epoch of one degradation.

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams. … Infancy is the perpetual Messiah, which comes into the arms of fallen men, and pleads with them to return to paradise.