Interacting With Nature

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Interacting With NatureIf we could talk to the animals, like the real Dr. John C. Lilli or the fictional Dr. Doolittle did, what special insights might we receive? There are many examples of how we learn from observing nature. We deal with our fears as well as our hopes and dreams through our association with the natural world. Some religions revere one species, while that same animal is shunned in another. A desire to fly like a bird was at the core of the story of Icarus, who flew too close to the Sun, and it was the catalyst for two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, to find the solutions to the real problems that prevented human flight.

In myth, a divine spirit often takes the shape of an animal (a white buffalo, raven, eagle, swan, dove, coyote, cow, elephant, bull, lion, tiger or lamb); and empires have been built, and countries spawned because of an animal observation that was taken as an omen (Mexico was founded where an eagle caught a snake and Rome was built on the assumption that Romulus and Remus were raised by wolves).

Many of the sports teams of today are named after animals that are fierce, strong or clever (qualities we want to emulate in overcoming obstacles). One of the most famous Asian martial arts forms is the five animal system of kung fu, created by observing a variety of creatures and trying to imitate their movements. We often debate our interaction with animals and argue over whether we are fairly evaluating an animal, or its place in the natural order. In some cases what attracts or repulses us about animals tells us more about ourselves than it does about the symbol we’ve associated with the animal or object from nature.

The image of forests in literature and psychoanalysis sometimes represents the unknown; the ocean is equated with life itself. Rivers, lakes, snowfall and rainfall represent our inherent understanding that by observing natural phenomena we might catch a better glimpse of the forces that guide us.

In this ongoing section of L&L magazine, we will highlight human interaction with the natural world, and how it relates to our views and how we treat all te other members of the animal kingdom.

Interacting with Nature Articles:

Human Interaction with Dolphins and Whales

Eagle Views

Wolf People

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