Nature ch. 1-5

Nature. A term that has been punished by hundreds of possible translations and meanings. The word is use by philosophers, scientists, poets and historians alike, but all with a different view of nature. Through history the definition of nature has changed countless time with the changes in culture and nationality. This book attempts to clear up some the confusion.

The book is written rather dry and the reading is slow, but if you can sit down and sift through the tough stuff you can find some very solid material that you can compose some strong thoughts with.

Saving the world and helping mother nature has not been a new concept. In chapter two the author discusses how the ancient Greece and Roman people disposed mass amounts of waste from house trash and human waste into creeks and small streets. And with Rome being one of the largest areas of population at that time there were the beginning of the human destruction.

The author provides insight into just about every aspect of nature from every type of people. For example the Pythagoreans. This is more of a philosophical topic, but he goes into it anyway. He discusses their lifestyle and how they respected mother nature and how everything in nature has a soul and a reason for being there.

The term ‘history repeats itself’ has a whole lot of relevance if you really look into a lot of the example given in this book. When chapter three came around and talked about the middle ages it was quite clear that we are not the only generation that destroyed our crop land. After 1300 because of the way that the land was being cultivated it was depleted of nutrients and became useless. the people moved away and the land was able to re grow into a new environment.

And finally for me to discuss is religion. The author, on multiple cases, discusses religion in relation to nature. He brings to the table the concept that God is present in all of his creations and he protects what he creates and loves. Thus humans are not free to destroy it. And if they do destroy it God will give his revenge in the form of diseases, plague and natural disasters.

My question to think on:

We as people spend vast amounts of time analyzing history. With this we are able to see trends and the effects of certain events. So why can’t we see these similarities and begin to change things.


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