Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Anne Gillcrist Nature installment (2-3)
Philosophy Section 12, Group 3
In my first installment I described nature. I retrieved the dictionary definition and explained my personal ideals and opinions on nature. I described my disagreement with Hobbes idea that living in a state of nature would be dirty and brutish. Unsure of what I was going to write about next I did some research and decided Stoicism has a positive idea about nature and how to live in harmony with nature.
Stoics believe that philosophy is not what a person has said but how they behave and live. Stoics presented their philosophies as a way of life. They believe in human freedom and living in harmony with nature. Living in harmony with nature is what initially interested me in stoicism. But what does this mean? I believe that “living in harmony with nature,” is understanding that everything we do has a direct impact on our environment. In American society we are more worried about new technology and a plethora of artificial things then we are worried about the beauty of nature that surrounds us. We live in a world of wasters!
If we were to live in nature, humans would use their strength and body to its full capacity. Many of us decide that living in nature would be absurd, simply because we have never had to do it. Indian tribes seemed to live in the greatest of harmony, using the earth’s natural goods to their full potential. It is understandable that humans would not want to live as “savages” in this day, but to be resourceful and waste less, the earth would be a better home.
This picture really spoke to me. It shows just how much of an impact humans have on the earth and what lives on it. We have the ability to help or harm what life we coexist with. We must use our abilities in the most positive of ways.