Temple Entry, Japan photo via amy. Hard to believe the same nation that perpetuated the rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March, also gives us rock gardens and some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.
Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Which is to say beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good something we need in large and daily doses. Nature at the height of its glory shouts BEAUTY IS ESSENTIAL.