Nature

How do you define nature? I find the definitions of nature a curiosity with a wide range of interpretations. It’s impossible to frame the idea of nature in simple terms. Philosophers, poets, scientists, artists, all have their view on the matter of nature. My intent here is to explain my use of the term in the context of nature, art & spirituality. When I use the word nature it is a reference to the natural world, that physical world we find outside ourselves. I find the word biophilia very useful in further explaining my use of the word nature in my work. Biophilia is defined as a human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature or a desire to commune with nature. E.O. Wilson defines biophilia as “the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes.”  He writes, “I will make the case that to explore and affiliate with life is a deep and complicated process in mental development. To an extent still undervalued in philosophy and religion, our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hope rises on its currents.” [1] I love that he draws a connection between our interaction with nature, spirit and hope as that is at the core of my personal life and my work.

 

[1] Wilson, E.O. (1984) Biophilia: The human bond with other species. Harvard University Press, 1.

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