As expected, I found the second half of the book just not for me. There were a few things though I did find somethings I could write about. I will do the same thing I did last time and go through each chapter listing something, or possibly a few things that caught my eye.
Nature as Landscape: “The English iconographic counterpart to American wilderness is the countryside. We rarely conceptualize British environmental history in these terms but it also helps to approach rural Britain as a landscape of dispossession” (112). Another quote I found interesting was: ”The English vision of nature as ‘natural’ garden was so powerful that it seduced potentially hostile Americans” (122). How is nature seductive? Nature has this sense of romanticism, and is a setting for out door weddings, romantic walks on the beach, and so on.
Reassessments of Nature – Romantic and Ecological: According to Basil Willey “if nature is good, then human nature must also be good” (127). What is it that makes human nature selfish or social? Thomas Hobbes questions and answers that “Nautre, bids man to be sociable, to love his fellows, to be just, peaceful, indulgent, beneficent, to make or leave his associates happy” (128). Is it that the weather, or how nature is at that moment, creates human interactions and moods? I believe this to be true, when it is raining people tend to be sad. When it is bright and sunny out people tend to be happy and are more likely to have social interactions.
The Disunited Colours of Nature: I really liked the quote by Engels made on page 148, and how we shouldn’t rule over nature, but that we belong to nature, and ‘exist in its midst’. And includes ideas about dualism. From what I’ve learned so far with geography in general, I can see how there our actions are our own, and they can come back and haunt us. If we try to control nature, changing things that should not be touched, we will see the two sides of nature. The beauty before and the hell after.
This is a picture of New York before New York. I think it is a good example of how change overtime has left a negative impact on the area. There is virtually no green space!
This picture shows the before and after effects of logging. No more trees!
The Future of Nature: Another quote I liked was a quote from Bill McKibben. “We have deprived nature of its independence, and that is fatal to its meaning. Nature’s independence is its meaning; without it there is nothing but us” (176). Bill talks about the end of nature, and I got confused. His idea of the end of nature did not mean the end of the world. I took it as humans need nature even though nature might not need us. He described it as the end of wilderness (something that would be unaffected by humans).
Overall, I did like some points brought up. It allowed me to think a little deeper about nature.