People seem to make easily distinctions between what is natural and what isn’t. The common assumption is that everything that already exists in nature is natural. On the other hand, everything humans create is not. The only exception to this is the process and result of human procreation, a child. But even there humans aren’t consciously involved or being creative as such. They just follow a “natural existing” instinct which can bring about a child as a result.
Humans create cars, hand bags, artificial teeth, medicines, clothes, electronic devices, furniture, computers, computer programs and adult toys. There are so many things that humans can create and all of it, because it doesn’t pre-exist in nature, would be considered unnatural.
And yet, hardly anybody refuses to use these day to day items. Some things we totally depend upon, medicines for example and yet we take them when we feel that we have to in order to control an illness. Overall we not only accept “un-natural” products in our day to day lives, we even love or cherish some of the artificially produced goods like clothes, cars, jewelry and the latest tech gadgets.Not only do these items fulfill a need or purpose, they can also bring joy.
I just like to point this out in order to make you realise that not everything we do is bad. Many created things are positive rather than negative. That often tends to be forgotten, when we are regularly confronted with the ill effects of our doings, such as pollution, over-consumption or dependencies on products such as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
The next step would be to determine whether all these artificially man made produced goods are really unnatural. Yes, we can make a distinction between what nature “naturally” provides and what humans produce. But isn’t the distinction between “natural” and “unnatural” actually just a distinction between manmade and not manmade? Because when you think about it, what do all these artificially made not naturally occurring items consist of? Exactly that! Natural elements!
It is only the way natural occurring elements are used and processed that we get those assumed unnatural goods. But they are really still the same, just changed. Strictly speaking, it’s just a transformation of compounds, nothing else.
The difference between animals and humans is that we use our advanced brains, sophisticated tools and learned skills when we build things. If animals would know how to mix up concrete or weld steel, sure they would do it too in order to build sturdy homes or keep predators out. It’s just the “know how” that is missing. So, really, what human’s do is natural also! Humans behave according to the “naturally” occurring economic principle, which is to reach a particular goal with the least amount of effort. This is what virtually any living being does. We just have different abilities and skills that enable us to do so. So we need to ask ourselves whether it is really unnatural to build something that doesn’t already exist in nature, but exists of natural elements. After all, everything there is, even if it was taken out from the cosmos somewhere, is in essence natural also.Cosmic dust is natural too. The bottom line is, everything is natural…or else it wouldn’t exist.
Not only that, our drive to change and create things alone should be considered natural. After all this is the energetic power that encourages us to create the things we have. Since there can be no doubt that we can and constantly influence our surrounds, our efforts should be directed at having impact and controlling nature as positively as we possibly can with all knowledge and means currently available to us.
For those who are not convinced with this style of argument there is another angle to look at things. It doesn’t matter whether human creations are considered natural. Fact is we can influence our environment, people, animals and plants, in positive ways. This is what we should be aware of.
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