That uncorrupted behaviour which we admire in animals and in young children belongs to him, to the hunter, the sailor,—the man who lives in the presence of Nature. Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial. What possesses interest for us is the naturel of each, his constitutional excellence. This is forever a surprise, engaging and lovely; we cannot satiated with knowing it, and about it; and it is this which the conversation with Nature cherishes and guards.Ralph Waldo Emerson (September 29, 1858) public speech: “The Man with the Hoe”, later pushed as Farming within Society and Solitude