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What we can learn from the Natural World

Kerome

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I find it interesting that after years of living I still have things to learn from the natural world. There is a certain quiet contemplation to the observation of nature and the world around us, that most things there happen in response to physical processes or the instincts of animals.

One thing we can learn is that our world at once encourages independence, learning and teamwork. We come to stand on our own two legs and explore the world independently during our childhood. We learn by observing our parents and playing with others. We work with others in many things that we do later in life.

From a spiritual point of view, if you postulate a God who might have created this place, he must have meant for us to learn these things. Nature’s cradle is our first and one of the best teachers.

At the same time, nature is also harsh and unforgiving. There are predators out there who would eat us, because it is in their nature. So we learn to avoid them and cope with them. But at the same time we remember the love of our family, and the teamwork in our tribe.

Spiritually, the lessons we learn mean that we must be ready to cope with threats and predators, but must also be ready to befriend, to respect, to love.

I expect there’ll be more to say on this...
 
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The natural world offers much beauty that is seldom appreciated to it's fullness, for many their eyes have never been opened to it and the harshness and unforgiving elements have played a much larger part in their lives than nature itself ever intended or predicted.

Threats and predators have far outweighed being befriend, respected, loved .... the natural world has much work to do re-balance the scale which can never truly be equalised ......once trust has been taken it can never be fully replenished in the faith it was first given. Doubt casts a much longer shadow than hope.
 
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Twokiwisandabanana

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All of nature is beautiful
Only man made things are ugly

Apart from the arts what man can create.
 
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Those in tune with the natural world become very spiritually advanced. Just look at the American Indians.

Life in the west is largely artificial, we have become cut off from spirit.
 
Kerome

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Those in tune with the natural world become very spiritually advanced. Just look at the American Indians.
Or look at David Attenborough. I have massive respect for him, he has a very sensible view of the world. There was one clip I saw of an interview with him in which he talked about religion, and he said, all the people all over the world have different views of how it was created. The Thai people for example used to think there was a giant serpent which thrashed about in a sea of milk, and from the churn people and animals got made. So why should it be that the Judeo-Christian myths, one of many, should be true? He calls himself an agnostic...
 
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Or look at David Attenborough. I have massive respect for him, he has a very sensible view of the world. There was one clip I saw of an interview with him in which he talked about religion, and he said, all the people all over the world have different views of how it was created. The Thai people for example used to think there was a giant serpent which thrashed about in a sea of milk, and from the churn people and animals got made. So why should it be that the Judeo-Christian myths, one of many, should be true? He calls himself an agnostic...
Yes I think I saw him talk about that. Richard Dawkins uses a similar argument.
 
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Personally, it never ceases to amaze me that ostensibly secular people, who are presumably surrounded by ample evidence of spontaneous order in the form of the natural world, insist that social order must arise out of the conscious planning and design of certain human beings and vehemently argue for top-down measures when it comes to governance.
 
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Nature as such is a treasure trove of a lot of things. It is huge and is in abundance! Every living being knows it’s self defense so well like that of the human body. I am always amazed by the different types of fishes and their body mechanisms.
 
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While the natural world is really magnificent and teaches us a lot about our planet and life in general, not all the lessons mankind has learned are positive. All chemical/biological warfare, arms races etc are things that man observed in nature then developed them into much nastier upscaled versions. Mankind seems to learn much faster from the harsher side of nature rather than the caring-sharing side. As a species we take too much and don't give enough back to the planet/other species.
 
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