Posted by nea229 on March 10, 2010
I have always held a belief that nature and culture are two interelated subjects that exist in the world at large. Truthfuly, i would define nature as the collective amount of ‘forces’ in an area that belong to various (living and non-living) organisms which inhabit a certain environment. The type of environments that I’m referring to can range anywhere from a drop of water to a large ecosystem of plants and animals. By using the term ‘forces’ I intend to suggest that all living things, and some non-living things, exert a certain influence or type of feedback on their respective environments. So one can rightfully suggest that there are millions of various kinds of influences that can exist in just one area. Furthermore, I contend that culture is a word which means to define the way in which a ‘thing’ is able to control and maintian those forces of influence or feedback; its own behavior, so-to-speak. These explanations can likewise be applied to just about any organization of organisms and envrionments on the planet, including us clever Humans’. Lastly, the general idea of nature comprising a wilderness of untamed objects and organisms, in my opinion, might be a little harsh and underthought. On the other hand, we might be able to think of nature as a place that is not understood by humans’ as thoroughly as we’d like it to be, and therefore invent the words, culture, norm, value, behavior, order, rule, etc., (All things which exist in nature, to some degree) in order to make sense of that special place that we know little about. In this sense, I conclude that nature and culture, if not thought about like this already, are one and the same idea holding relatively similar meanings.