Man and Nature Term Paper

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mankind and nature are one and the same or whether they are separate. It uses various examples to convey its point and emphasize its conclusion.

Q) Is Mankind a part of nature, Or Apart from Nature?

A) Contrary to popular opinion, mankind and nature are two separate entities. They are not combined and are not one and the same. Nature does not need mankind to flourish; it can easily stay alive without difficulty and still remain strong, even for millions of years. Due to mankind's constant 'meddling' with the environment for personal reasons and for technological pursuits, there has been more harm done to nature than benefit. Currently, most of mankind's activities in one way or another hurt the environment either directly or indirectly, hence hurting nature in general. Man made problems like pollution cause great harm to nature, even though they may be benefiting mankind. This proves that nature has a better chance of surviving without mankind, than with it. At the rate mankind is going, with out checks and balances and with continued alteration and modification in our planets natural environment including jungles, oceans, forests and animal habitats, the future will result in certain devastation for the entire population (Our environment and the relationship between mankind and nature, 2003).

Mankind cannot survive for even a few seconds if there is no nature, all our lives, every little thing we do depends on nature and its effects on the environment. If it was not for nature, we would not be able to breathe, not be able to grow food, not be able to drink and would not be able to anything. Nature is the nourishment that man needs to successfully live and he is reliant on every aspect of nature, even though nature is independent and does not need mankind to survive.

Nature is purely a product of God and is directly controlled by him as well. Everything present in nature, including flora, and fauna, the sky, the water, have specific reason behind their presence. There is nothing present in nature, that with proper amount of research, can be deemed useless or purpose free, no matter how insignificant it may initially seem. The biggest thing which makes mankind different from nature is choice. Choice is what allows man to choose his own destiny, and make decisions based on what he wants. Nature is devoid of this option and does only what it designed for by God. Every facet of nature, every single object that comprises nature has a very specific purpose and it does just that, while man with his options and decisions, uses the nature around him as a setting where he carries out upon what he has decided, as he deems fit.

If one ponders about why nature is present, they can understand that it is not made to serve us. It is doing its purpose as God intended it to do, which we as humans can use to our advantage, or show no respect to and destroy. Either way, its there, ever present, serving it's purpose as it was made too, as our friend, helping us by providing us food, supplying us with water, giving us it's natural resources like wood and stone, so that we can build ourselves shelter, where we can live with security. All this is seamlessly integrated into natures design, hard coded as such so that no matter how man disrespects nature, it will keep providing us with help and resources, until it becomes extinct, either by a process of nature, or a manmade disaster (OERBMN, 2003).

What this tells us, is that man simply cannot be a part of nature, because he is often oblivious to the constant help that nature provides him and many a times is the cause of destruction for that very same object, which has sheltered and protected him, like people cutting down trees just to make roadways or bigger buildings even though those trees provided them with fresh oxygen, shelter from sunlight and wood for building their houses. Nature was never intended to be exploited by human kind for their personal gains but rather as a resource for every person, who could use it to improve the quality of there life, so long as they did not harm the environment itself in the process. It was also not meant to be owned by any particular organization or institute, like zoos and botanical gardens, but as something that would be free to co-mingle with mankind.

The nature present all around us, dwarfs humanity exponentially when compared with how sprawling and large it is. It is the untold duty of every person to learn how to live so that they are in sync with nature and have a mutual and caring relationship with it. Mankind should realize that for our survival, it is us that should assimilate ourselves into nature as mankind, rather than use nature and the natural environment as our playground and ravage its riches and destroy with utmost disregard, its resources and the benefits it has to offer. We should learn to live with nature, and instead of clearing down forests to build roads and polluting our oceans just to spur our industries, we should remember to utilize natures resources as such, that minimum dependency on man made energy is needed, and build smaller houses in tandem with the trees so that both nature and mankind, two definitely separate entities, can exist side by side (OERBMN, 2003).

Nature, by design, is a healthy energy system that controls the planet and keeps it constantly building and replenishing its self. Every living thing on this planet, be it in the form of animals, micro-organism or bacterial form, or in the form of trees and grass, have an exact routine that they follow and until man keeps himself from interfering in the affairs of nature all of that is liable to get destroyed. Mankind thinks that somehow it is the ever important hero in the tale of the universe and somehow imagines itself as the colorful rose that the garden is barren without. What it fails to understand however, is that it is more like a parasite, leeching of the resources of the true flower of the garden, nature, like a bee that uses the nectar of flowers to fulfill its own purpose (The Social Nature of Humanity, 2003).

Mankind's selfishness when it comes to nature does not just affect our environment, but also affects our own health. A lot of the reasons that man is suffering in this day and age through phenomenon such as global warming, El Nino, smog, storms, hurricanes, flooding, fire and earthquakes are related to mankind's practices and are most likely, if not the sole, reasons behind such occurrences. We don't realize the extent of damage our selfish deeds can have on the whole planet and continue to work egocentrically towards our goals, putting the whole environment and eco-system at risk, which ends up hurting mankind as much as it hurts nature.

Mankind, although separate from nature can only benefit from it and it should be the aim of all people to co-exist with nature rather than even entertain thoughts of living alone as the sole inheritor of this planet because only with nature are we of any capability, and only through nature can we even attempt to carry out even the most basic of functions, therefore it is in our best interests to become one with nature rather than separate ourselves even further. To care for our environment and to help nature prosper, we should follow some basic guidelines; a) we should try and live in small houses and try to conserve resources that would largely go to waste if we build a house that is bigger than our requirement,…

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