Protect Our Mother Nature

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PROTECT OUR MOTHER NATURE Repeatedly in history, conceptions of nature have served as ideological justifications for political theory. The most obvious example is the Hobbesian state of nature against which even the most oppressive government appears perfectly legitimate. Whereas in most cases of political theory, nature looks like an incompetent savage or unreliable tramp, some anarchist lines of argument instead offer versions of nature as infinite, loving, or otherwise better than the artifices to which it is implicitly opposed. Whether for or against nature, depictions of the natural world in political theory consider it in cultural units of meaning, a combination of icons and stereotypes that change not only our understanding of…show more content…
“Earth was but one of a myriad of stars floating in infinite space.” The whole of the universe, with which nature remains implicitly identified, exceeds our abilities to measure, let alone comprehend - a myriad in infinity. Even in this cosmic understanding, that which is natural and surrounded is still itself huge. In an article in the first issue called “Try Love”, the argument concludes, “Let us be broad and big. Let us not overlook vital things, because of the bulk of trifles confronting us.” The natural is large; problems from artifice can be numerous, but each is only of trifling size - thousands of children surrounding one huge mother. Beyond being large to begin with, the maniacal focus in the publication on freeing nature and being freed into nature also revolves around a hope for future growth. As if ‘we’ were already failing to be “broad and big” enough, “The Tragedy of Women’s Emancipation” proclaims: “Salvation lies in an energetic march onwards towards a brighter and clearer future. We are in need of unhampered growth out of old traditions and habits” as if nature and life in nature knew no limits. The image is of not just a sprouting weed, but a whole forest growing out of a street. This rhetorical strategy of associating the concept of nature so crucial to driving the arguments of the journal with hugeness seems strangely sympathetic with and to industrializing urges of the time. The conflict between

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