“Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface; he, however, who would study nature in its wildness and variety, must plunge into the forest, must explore the glen, must stem the torrent, and dare the precipice.”
– Washington Irving (1783-1859)
There is no such thing as humanity vs nature. Humanity is nature. What we really fight against are ourselves – the subconscious kernels yearning to be free. In an effort to distinguish us from the “lesser” forms of life, our civilization has manufactured the illusion that nature is the wild, unkempt grass outside our gleaming, manmade walls.
What we do not see, in our self-imposed fantasy, is that we have not locked nature out; we have locked ourselves in.
The grass may be greener on the other side, but which side of the fence are we actually on?