An essential question: are human’s part of nature? Evolutionary history tells us that we very much are. But while that may be true historically (monkey into man sort of thing) in recent human history there has been several step changes to remove us from the intimate relationship we necessarily used to have with the world outside of our society.
We are natural but we live as though we are not; as though we must insulate ourselves against nature. It’s a strange situation, an unusual tension and one of the ways in which it manifests is trying to put a human face on nature and to apply human ways of seeing to the natural world.
Whether driven by hubris or fear we fail to acknowledge that although we emerged from nature (rather than simply showing up one day) it operates on princi….