[1] Under what circumstances does "mean egotism" vanish, according to Emerson?

“Mean egotism” vanishes when the human body feels at rest and is with nature in one. Emerson describes himself “my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space” (388) which implies that himself and nature are combined in one entity. [2] In nature, with what emotional state does Emerson suggest that "mean egotism" is replaced? Emerson suggests that “mean egotism” is replaced with an over-soul where god, nature, and humanity are unified. He describes himself to be nothing and detached from the world, but all knowing like god. [3] When does Emerson become a "transparent eyeball"? What are the characteristics of this experience? Emerson becomes a “transparent eyeball” when mean egotism is gone and he molds himself with nature. A disconnection with the material world and an intimate connection with nature is characteristic of this experience. [4] In what ways do the characteristics and description of the "transparent eyeball" reflect the Transcendentalist belief in an over-soul? The characteristics and description of the “transparent eyeball” reflect the Transcendentalist belief in an over-soul by showing the shared universal soul that unites God, nature, and humanity. He says that “I am nothing…I am part or parcel of God” (389). He is nothing like nature because nature is disregarded and most people don’t think of it as being a living spirit. [5] In what ways, is Emerson's explanation of nature similar to your understanding of the native American's relationship to nature? Emerson’s explanation of nature is similar to my understanding of the Native American’s relationship to nature in the way that nature is superior to man. He says, “In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in the streets or villages” (389). This shows how he feels that nature is more like his home, in which he shares a personal relationship with, and therefore it should be respected. In the case of the Native Americans, they depended on nature for survival, obtaining raw materials for food, tools, clothing, shelter, etc. They even wrote myths to respect and glorify nature.