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)
We humans have performed many abominations and egregious violations against the natural world and against the Laws of Nature. We have spoiled the waters, deforested the Amazon, and contaminated the air. It is sometimes exasperating and irritating to me that so many human technological advances are defiling and outpacing the natural world. In the process we have blatantly disregarded the homeostatic balancing forces of the natural world. The question for me became, “If I destroy elements of Nature, am I not really only harming myself?” Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke about living with Nature when he wrote, “humanity has a lot to learn from nature (from which we come) because nature maintains its balance through tolerance of diversity and acceptance of the fact that species need one another.” (In the Emerson ed. 2002)
Acceptance of Nature can help us trust Nature. To accept-trust Nature can lead to a respect for Nature. That is, a respect for our cosmological and biological foundational origins and inheritance. We are part of Nature! Cicero said, “all things that are according to nature are worthy of esteem.” (1st Cent BC). We can come to respect our own species as well as other species, and all the flora and fauna of our world. Confucious felt, “without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from the beasts.” (5th Cent. BC) We must come to respect the very ecological system that we are part of. One significant aspect of this respect, is to respect the immense power of Nature. The great power for growth and development, but also the tremendous power in the natural destructive forces coming from floods and hurricanes. There are those definitive times when I am frightened by the fury and cataclysmic natural forces emanating from Nature’s earthquakes, tornadoes, and tsunamis. There are those definitive times when I am beguiled by the power coming from Nature that has the ability to produce 1,000,000,000 volts from a single bolt of lightning.
I attest that it is part of our emotional and psychological make-up to inquire for day-to-day natural truths and to gain some insight for a nature-based higher meaning and purpose. If we accept, trust, and adhere to the universal laws of Nature, we will be on a path leading us towards ever finer approximations of higher meaning and purpose. I insist that only truth related to nature’s physics, chemistry, and biology can help overcome any early negative indoctrination against Nature and human nature. Nature awaits our discovery! Nature’s laws express themselves in our species and in each one of us. I now know that by trusting Nature, I have less of a reliance on cultural controls and directives. Trusting Nature can open the door for us to have accessibility to inner personal and transpersonal guidance that can be a prodigious aid in helping us satisfy our basal (safety/security, worth, empowerment, and enjoyment), deeper (sexuality, love, morality, emotion, and consciousness}, and higher needs (meaning and purpose).
Trust vs. mistrust – A fundamental basal need for us is for security/safety with a significant part of this need related to trust. When it comes to Nature, I discovered that an essential ingredient in trusting Nature is our accepting the many facets of Nature. During the developmental ages of 0-7 (time of stamping-in) a huge part of parental and societal upbringing should be centered on providing an accepting and trusting living environment for their children. Nottingham wrote that, “the experts tell us that the cornerstone of healthy development is a natural trust.” (1993) Unfortunately, much of the age 0-7 enculturation process is about demonizing certain universal and human natural instincts. Early denunciation of human nature often leads to a mistrust and distrust of all of Nature. In order to combat early conditioning, I suggest that individuals make a personal search to discover and experience the many truths in Nature.
Accepting Nature allows for certain kinds of wisdom: 1.) Cosmicentric wisdom comes from the Cosmos of energy-matter. It is wisdom coming from accepting the Universal Laws of classical-macro determinism and quantum-micro probability, 2.) Biocentric wisdom is a byproduct coming from accepting our biological evolution and biological inheritance. It is the acceptance of what has currently evolved in a biologic manner, and 3.) Ecological wisdom comes from accepting that we are part of a natural system of self-regulation that keeps the natural world in balance. We are intimately involved and an integral part of the ecological system, or Thomas Lovejoy’s Gaia System. We are intertwined in a system of many natural wonders that we need to protect. To control, tamper with, or overuse the ecological world will only interfere with Nature’s balance.
I built the Theory of Balanceology as an anthropic philosophical and psychological paradigm that adheres to a naturalistic worldview that endorses and encourages us to accept Nature —> including the current evolutionary stage of human nature. My naturalistic worldview came to replaced an outdated supernaturalistic indoctrinated worldview that no longer had meaning for me. A central axiomatic tenet of Taoist philosophy is to accept Nature and one’s own nature. Nauman advised that, “man is free to accept his own nature.” (1971) I realize that we have the right to reject Nature and our own nature. However, this rejection will come with significant consequences. I maintain that to deceptively dismiss Nature is to make a fatal mistake. I can assure the reader that whenever I took a confrontational stance against Nature, Nature always came out on top.