Society: Greener on the Other Side?

“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?


4 thoughts on “Society: Greener on the Other Side?

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  2. Because we do not live like animals people tend to forget we ARE animals. Our human minds should give us the obligation to make this earth better for you, me, and everyone/thing else. Hopefully we will get there one day.

  3. I had to read it twice, but I got it. I have said before that people do not pollute the earth. We simply take things from the earth and put them back when we are finished. just in different forms. We take oil out of the earth. refine it, and then expel it into the earth’s atmosphere in the form of carbon and oxygen, or carbon monoxide. I get that it is harmful. I just find it to be an interesting way to look at it. We are as much a part of nature as a rain forest.

    • Right, we’re not so much destroying the earth as we are destroying ourselves. George Carlin’s got this great joke about the arrogance of mankind. The world is just fine and will be just fine without us. The only thing that the world might not be able to consume back did plastic, so it would just be the earth plus a little plastic.

      However, I don’t believe that the world is necessarily better off without us. As you said, we’re like the rain forest. We just need to learn to live more sustainably. Even so, with or without us, the earth will still be around for a long long time.

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