Are Humans a Part of Nature or Somehow Apart from It?

1145 Words Nov 18th, 2005 5 Pages
Humanities 1100

Are Humans a Part of Nature or Somehow Apart From It? To think of Nature, you must first define it. I looked it up in an old set of encyclopedias my parents had in our basement. It said that the term "nature" has been used in various inconsistent senses, corresponding more or less to the different attitudes that thinkers adopted towards the material part of the world in relation to the rest. It then goes on about how different philosophers from the different eras defined it. From the Greeks to the Catholics, every culture has a definition of it. My definition of it is "Everything that makes up the planet, living and dead that is natural." It cannot be described as just one thing. It is everything. Does
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Then charcoal from wood fires came to fill sediment cores, while pollen of palms and other trees and woody shrubs decreased or disappeared, and pollen of the grasses that replaced the forest became more abundant" (422). It seems that the natives of the island became apart from nature and used up too many of the natural resources for pleasure and war rather than respecting it and holding it for all of its beauty.
Has man reached the point where he is no longer a part of nature and is abusing nature to the point of killing it off, or does nature have a natural selection that knows when she has had enough? At one point in time, dinosaurs ruled the earth. They were a massive bunch of animal that probably did some damage to the earth as they were eating and migrating from one place to another. They were around for millions of years but they no longer exist. Did they become apart from nature to the point that nature took them out? Are we next? Have we driven nature to the point that she is going to start thinning us out once we have used up all of her natural resources?
In A Fable for Tomorrow, the author talked about a small town that once thrived and then died off. "The roadsides, once so attractive, were now lined with brown and withered vegetation as though swept by fire. These, too, were silent, deserted by all living things. Even the streams were now lifeless. Anglers no longer visited
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