Nature, as the widest sense, is actually the real physical, natural world or universe. “Nurture” could be used as a synonym for “feel” because it often means to nurture one’s own feelings. “Nurture” can refer both to human beings and to all living things.
Nature, as the widest sense, can also be understood in terms of self. When we talk of oneself, it means our personal being or state of being. In this sense, the concept of nature is related to that of personal growth. The study of nature can thus be seen as a field of study that aims at developing one’s personal growth or individuality.
Nature has several names. Among these are fecundity, holiness, silence, beauty, splendor, radiance, loveliness, and purity. Nature is thus not only the object of desire but also the condition of true happiness and joy. When we speak of beauty, it refers to a particular quality of the physical form or structure. Beauty in this sense is not subjective, since it has been determined scientifically.
According to the Christian religion, nature is God-fashioned. It therefore follows that man’s splendor represents God’s glory. Nature thus provides a standard of values for which there can be no measured comparison.
Among the other major definitions of nature, one that has received much prominence is that of the Romanticists. Romanticism is a movement, which began in the nineteenth century, in search for a humanity that was pure and unadulterated by any kind of imposed morality. According to the Romanticists, nature is everything that exists between the two extremes of reality – idealism and realism. Thus, nature includes everything that we experience as beauty, such as art, music, literature, drama, nature, and even tragedy.
In its most basic sense, however, nature signifies the entire range of nature – the totality comprised by all the elements that exist simultaneously and whose combined presence is bound to give rise to a single definition of beauty. Thus, beauty encompasses all the aspects of nature, human and non-human, such as the sky, ocean, fire, water, earth, mountains, trees, rocks, plants, soil, and the entire animal kingdom. The Romanticists were the first to use the term beauty extensively in their aesthetic theories. They also developed a number of other concepts, such as the idea of an aesthetic desire, that desire itself being the definition of beauty, and so, desire and beauty being identical. Still others deny the essential identity of desire and beauty, while others attempt to reconcile the desire and beauty.