life, nature, philosophy

The Nature of Nature

Like many of my fellow bloggers, I am an awe of nature. We feel connected to something deeper when we take the time to soak in the great outdoors. I wondered why we’re so taken and why it leaves us with that feeling of serenity. As usual, a few things came to mind that I thought I’d share here on my blog.

Nature is simply nature. Duh! What I mean is … a tree is a tree, it doesn’t pretend to be a rose. A stream is a stream, it doesn’t pretend to be an ocean. Some of us humans feel we need to be someone other than who we really are in the presence of others. When we’re in nature, we can rest in the real us, in our humanity. Nature accepts us as we are.

Some people forget that nature doesn’t just mean the great outdoors. Nature is the law of the universe. Nature is a perfect organized order of life expanding and contracting. It disturbs me when I see or hear about people trying to bend or manipulate the laws of nature.

For example, it’s a dog’s nature to be a dog, not a human. Some people say, “My dog thinks he’s a human.” No he doesn’t. The dog is responding to his owner who treats him like he’s human. He actually knows he’s a dog and longs to be able to be a dog around his human. This does not mean to treat dogs inhumanely, it means to respect them and their true nature.

Procreation is also part of the order of nature. When my husband and I were unable to conceive, I felt out of kilter with nature. It took me some time to feel back in sync again.

The order of nature is also the law of cause and effect. When we try to manipulate any of nature, we will get an effect, and that effect may not be favorable. Nature needs to run its own course.

Half palm tree, half octopus

The law of cause and effect is in everything, including our economy. The economy needs to be left alone to run its own course. When we try to manipulate it, we get the effects we’re seeing now. If we leave it alone, it will ebb and flow. Sometimes it will sink a little, but not to the levels we are seeing now in the USA, or in poor countries where they manipulate the economy and it’s moneys through control.

I’m grateful for the nature of nature, and for its undercurrent of life flowing eternally in us all.

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23 thoughts on “The Nature of Nature”

    1. All the photos are mine except for the one of the dogs laughing at the little weiner-man/dog. Hee, hee. That one I got in one of those forwarded emails. Thanks for checking it out and commenting, Lauren.

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  1. I am curious to know your thoughts on the economy, as it pertains to nature. If you look at hunting animals, they kill because they must, but they never take more than they need. Yet, humans exploit one another even when they have excess. Why? Because we are out of touch with our nature, which in truth is probably a lot closer to the hunting lioness’.

    However, in such a circumstance, does it not become necessary to apply unnatural rules and policies to get us back on course?

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    1. And who applies those unnatural laws? And who knows exactly what will work? More flawed humans who aren’t acting from their true nature? We have humans doing that now, and things are getting worse and worse.

      Even a deity does not come in and divvy things up for everyone. God, or the Divine gives us freedom to err, even if that error may hurt someone else. So, who are humans to step in and say we need to force others not to make errors?

      Things ebb and flow as a natural order. Divine order/Nature will balance things, if only humans can learn to be patient. IMHO

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      1. Yes this was the big debate in the policy class I had back in social work school. The topic was bailouts. I leaned more on the let it go how it’s going to go side; that we shouldn’t be interfering. Yet, it is clear that without intervention a lot more people would have suffered a lot more, and more quickly. So, I don’t know. The jury is still out for me.

        I don’t think that intervention is wholly destructive. It probably depends more on the quality of the consciousness doing it. After all, as you have alluded to, it is human nature to have the capacity to reason…

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        1. I’d prefer reasoning things out for myself, instead of having someone else intervene in my life thinking their reasoning is better for my life. The economy ebbs and flows with nature, which means, companies come and go, and over time, new companies will hire the unemployed. Each person has a different path, and may need to experience some sort of hardship to help them to awaken. It is not up to me, or anyone else, to intervene in that natural process for others, nor is it up to them to oversee it for me. Otherwise, it turns into control. I write about control in my poem “Nature of the Lion.”
          https://loreezlane.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/nature-of-the-lion/

          It sort of reminds me of the alcoholic/addict who needs to hit bottom. No matter how much anyone else tries to help them, they will not get better until they are ready to deliver themselves. This does not mean I don’t believe in helping others. I believe in giving someone a hand up and showing them how to use their true worth. Forcing solutions onto people tells them they aren’t good/smart enough to come to a solution for themselves. Failure is only temporary, and shows us what to do better the next time. It gives them a chance to reason for themselves. I wrote about this specific thing in my blog titled “I Wept.”
          https://loreezlane.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/i-wept/

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          1. I read that post. I feel you, deeply. It’s like, why can’t we just wake up to this moment and look around us? It would be nice if either, a). everybody had that amount of self responsibility, or b). some people’s lack thereof didn’t affect others’ so much. But, if we look at the economic collapse of 2008 and all the factors that led up to that, we can see that destructive selfishness still occupies too much of the “mindshare” in our collective consciousness.Have you ever seen the documentary “Thrive”? If not I suggest checking it out: Thrive It presents a very balanced perspective on many things, and one of them is government. I’d be really interested to hear your take.

            Otherwise, I hope you are enjoying the fall. It’s amazing here in North Carolina.

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            1. Nick, thank you for reading my post “I wept,” and for commenting. I watched the first 20 minutes of the Thrive film you offered. It’s over 2 hours, so I’ll have to get back to it when I get some more time (doing some holiday baking today).

              I do believe every single person can thrive without a government getting involved to “fix it.” If we don’t believe it of ourselves, than certainly a government can’t force it on us. We must learn about our greater potential on our own. A sage doesn’t force us to be great, nor does s/he give us the answers on how to become great. A wise sage asks us questions in hopes we figure it out on our own. A sage respects our divine nature by giving us the dignity to learn for ourselves.

              Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful expose. The words that came to my mind were humility and authenticity, which go hand in hand. I love dogs because they are both. I love squirrels for the same reason. We, humans, are the only creatures on the planet with the capacity to be other than we are, which is the source of great chasm between our choices and who we really are.

    Except that humans, in truth, are nature as much as the dogs and squirrels are.

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