Thursday, December 9, 2010

Civilization vs. Nature

Time for a photo. This one I regard as a symbol of the everlasting battle between civilization and nature. The grass grows in the pavement. When left alone, nature always returns and conquers. Is it possible to have a civilization that doesn't need to fight back?


The essay has been moved to my personal website:

Civilization vs. Nature


4 comments:

  1. I agree with your argument on how even though civilization can be renewed and rebuilt, it is still an amateur compared to the natural world. Another example of how nature dominates civilizaton is freedom. In civilization there are rules to be followed and once you think you have obtained a certain freedom there will always be something to stop you in your tracks, so to speak. However, in nature there are no rules to follow or pressures that are found in civilization. In nature you are free to do as you please. There is a down side to absolute freedom, however. The only reason that civilization has not gone out of control is because of all the rules that were made to have our society run smoothly. With all the freedom in the world, nature runs wild.

    I am wondering if you have ever had the chance to read the book called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain? The book relates to the fact that there are no rules and endless freedom in nature, and civilization is more controlled and has less freedom.

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  2. Katie I agree with you that in nature you have a greater deal of freedom then in civilization but in some ways you have more constrictions. No running water, no electricity, no heat, and no shelter unless you make it yourself.
    Does living in the enviroment still seem so intriguing?

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  3. That is very true and a good point, however, in the earliest of times humans have been able to survive with out running water or electricity, or heat. While I may not consider living in the natural environment, it is very possible to do so. Also, humans still need nature and its natural resources. Where do you think our food and other necessities come from?

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  4. Katie, I have read Huckleberry Finn, although it's a long time ago. I'm very fond of Mark Twain's writing. With a smile, he treated profoundly the big questions of life.

    As for nature versus culture, I hope I don't need to choose. Culture must learn from nature, since in a way culture is part of nature, too. Otherwise it could not exist.

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