Nature inspires, Nature is endlessly incredible, and Nature forces us to make decisions! Only humans have the ability to be self-aware and self-reflect on our condition in life, and make choices in our life. Do we make the necessary decisions within the confines of Nature that allow us to satisfy our human needs? Do we cover-up Nature, human nature, and our own nature? Or, do we discover Nature in all its forms? Do we realize that no one can escape Nature, and thus we let Nature be our guide by accepting, trusting, respecting, and cooperating with it. If we truly allow ourselves to experience Nature (life) and harness the forces of Nature, it will take us where we need to go. Turn to Nature —–> it is our greatest teacher. When we turn to Nature we will find that Nature nourishes us, protects us, and provides for our needs.
We humans have inherited a certain culture depending on the family and society we are born into. We inherit culturally preset norms through imprintation and socialization. Through preset normalization patterns we can develop a distorted view of Nature –> an unnatural view. I maintain a distorted view of Nature is a contravention view of Nature that amounts to a denaturing movement away from Nature –> an unnatural disconnection against the laws of the natural world. Certain cultural norms can lead us to acquire some very unnatural ways in our attempts to satisfy our natural instincts and drives. Unnatural behaviors are often a compliance with cultural norms and societal expectations instead of cooperating with our innate natural inclinations. Unnatural behaviors are a violation and a movement away from Nature instead of cooperating with Nature. The many unnatural behaviors we can develop are misguided attempts to fulfill our many wants instead of satisfying inherent needs. In the Theory of Balanceology, I present a detailed discussion related to Needology (natural needs) vs. Wantology (acquired wants).
I postulate that a cooperative view of Nature is really a “harmony view” of Nature (Peter, 2002), instead of an opposition or conquest view. A cooperative view of Nature is having a receptivity with Nature that helps lead to a balance-centered living-in-balance life. I assert that cooperating with Nature is being in Nature’s Cathedral —-> physically being outside. Humans have built huge physical cold brick-and-mortar cathedral structures in their hierophanic need for proof of a diety. I entertain that a much healthier way is to experience the wonders of natural world by being-out-in Nature. Howard Clinebell’s book and theory of Ecotherapy (1996), discusses the beneficial healing effects that come from being-out-in Nature. Research has verified that just being in the natural world has psychological, emotional, and physical health advantages. Studies indicate that interacting with Nature has effects similar to meditation (calmness and relaxation) that can help alleviate and/or produce —-> headache relief, lowering of blood pressure, managing of stress, and having sleep benefits. I rejoice being-out-in Nature, and the tonic analeptic pick-me-up it gives me.
It has been crucial for me to study and experience my Cosmic, biological, and cultural inheritance. It has been important to study and experience Nature, human nature, and the human condition. I try to study and experience my own nature, my own developmental history, and how human nature is expressed in me; i. e. Who am I?, What am I?, and What is my place in the Cosmos? We can’t escape Nature! We can only oppose Nature, and that opposition will have serious costs. Mother Nature is of physics (atoms), chemistry (molecules), and biology (cells) and She generally does what She wants to do. For Fritjof Capra, “cooperate with nature rather than fight it.” (1988) I now realize that having an acquiescence and affirmation of the natural world instead of fighting it, is makes it easier for us to navigate life. A significant component of this natural world confirmation for me has been to try and understand how my instinctual needs are expressed in us. I have discovered the importance of experiencing my inborn needs and to work with Nature in order to satisfy them. To cooperate with Nature, will allow us to learn from Nature.
I propose that there are valid questions that can be asked related to a respect and reverence for life. In a respect for life I ask, “Why should respect be given to the life of those extreme evil doers who have no respect for any other person’s life?” In a respect for life is there a place for euthanasia? Do the terminally ill have a right to die? Do those who are in chronic pain (physically and/or mentally) have a right to die? Where and how does abortion play out in a respect for life? In a respect for life where does quality of life come into the equation? In 2002, Belgium legalized an adult’s right to die, and in 2014 it legalized a child’s right to die. In a reverence for life do we have a “right to die?” In a respect for life do we have a right to commit suicide? These questions have profound and complicated ethical, moral, spiritual components that all of us should deeply ponder.
Nature’s magnificent genius created life with its panorama of endless colors, sounds, shapes, sizes, appearances, and smells. At birth, Nature allows each of us to step on board this majestic journey of organic life. For Albert Schweitzer, the more we respect Nature the more we have a gratuitous appreciation for the life we have been given. It is good to understand the ephemeral nature of life, and to make the most of our life in the time we have. Respect for life is recognition, affirmation, and a demonstration of the dignity of each life. Respect for life is a sanctification of life. Each life is unique, and by that fact alone each life is irreplaceable. For Taoist Feng Lao Tsu, a love of Nature leads to: 1.) respect for life, and 2.) a proclamation of life. (6th Cent BC) Schwartz and Simon felt to respect life means, “we celebrated the existence of living souls (spirits) in a living and evolving universe.” (2002)