So in Emerson we might find the resources for seeing evolution and the drive to survive as a beautiful rather than an ugly process, governed by laws that tend to increase reproductive fitness and that we can understand through observation and inquiry.And lastly, Emerson points to the relation between what we take to be an individual and the rest of nature as a quality of the beautiful.Thus we see a close parallel between goodness and beauty in nature.
So that which is the basis of truth in nature and provides it with intrinsic value is also that which makes it beautiful.
Emerson himself ties these three aspects of nature into one package himself: He should know that the landscape has beauty for his eye, because it expresses a thought which is to him good: and this, because of the same power which sees through his eyes, is seen in that spectacle This is the unified philosophy of nature that I set out to explicate in the first essay – nature is the source of truth, goodness, and beauty, because of its intelligible structure, and because of its production of organisms that can recognize that structure, us.
To help you with this I recommend this little experiment with color blocking.
Our goal here is to create a bold composition with loud but harmonious color combinations, vibrant hues, and strong graphic elements.
He writes that “the question of Beauty takes us out of surfaces, to thinking of the foundations of things.” In other words, we can also experience the world as beautiful because of its rational structure and our ability to grasp that structure through thought.
Think for instance of the geometric structure of a crystal, or snowflake, or nautilus shell.
Let us continue to be awe-struck, like the child on the seashore, or clambering up a tree.
Let us hold onto that experience, and fight for the environment that makes it possible, both for the child in each of us, and for those that come after us.
This consists in the “power to suggest relation to the whole world, and so lift the object out of a pitiful individuality.” In nature one doesn’t come across individuals that are robustly independent from their environment; rather things are intimately interconnected with their surroundings in ways that we don’t fully understand.
In addition to the immediate experience of beauty based in perception, Emerson suggests that the beauty of the world may also be viewed as an object of the intellect.