Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Philosophers like Artistotle and Descartes used nature to help define their views. What they failed to do was define nature. But how might one define nature? The dictionary definition is “the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.” “As opposed to humans or human creations,” now I understand that a human creation is not natural, but what about the natural creation of another human? I believe nature can be best defined as the physical world in its most natural state. All things artificial and made unnaturally are not natural. Unfortunately, our best examples of nature and the natural state of the Earth have become limited. What once was all-natural, has become littered with artificial things.
Thomas Hobbes stated his opinion on human life in a state of nature, “In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving, and removing, such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” I believe that Hobbes opinion of life in nature is very negative. I would say life in nature would give the most freedom. If humans lived solely off of nature they would be in many ways free. Knowledge and money would no longer be the most important aspects of human life but instead survival and strength. I believe the earth would be at a much better balance. Animals and humans could coincide and living off of nature would be healthier for the soul and mind.
What we do not like to admit is that humans are trashing the earth. We are pushing life, other than human life, to the outskirts. Leaving only the most favorable locations and areas for human life, as we push nature away. Nature is life, without it there would be no beauty. The most beautiful art is not artificial or made by man it is instead the natural earth. Flowers, trees, animals, oceans, mountains, all of these natural forms are the most beautiful.