“Only one person in a million, wrote Thoreau, is truly awake to the wonders of daily living. “Few adults can see nature,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perhaps they’re right. But I prefer to think that the sheer marvels of the planet – of water, fire, air and earth – occasionally flip the blindfolds off our preoccupied eyes. We are the species, after all, that sometimes manages to see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower, to see every common bush afire with God. Sometimes, for all the sorrow and pain the Earth dishes out, we see what a peach of a planet this is and get a glimpse of how lucky we are to be here.
We see, in fact, what the Greek natural philosophers saw. Sky and Ocean, sun and stars. Rain and Rocks and mountains.”
Rebecca Rupp. The Four Elements – Water, Air, Fire, Earth (Profile Books; 2005) 351.