The Distance From Nature


Nature is managed according to an order different than the one humans conceive making it appear uncontrolled, and random and thus potentially dangerous. Through our controlling of the environment around us we have encapsulated ourselves from our natural surroundings removing many of the dangers, improving convenience, but in doing so distanced us from its experience.

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Our green-space is managed as parks and gardens, with order, structure, and design often reflecting different cultural styles, such as Japanese, French, Tuscan, etc. Many of the inconveniences have been suppressed or annihilated. No longer do we need to be concerned about being attacked by a bear; insects are few and far between, the landscape is carved with roads, and bridges that make travel easier, faster, and safer. Hunting is a trek to a grocery store, not into the woods or out into the sea.

Yet, nature might be contained but it is not completely suppressed. At our suburban home it confronts us in various ways, through weeds growing between the cobblestones of our patio, as squirrels running across the top of our fence, a cardinal singing his tune over top the background din of traffic noise and aeroplanes coasting overhead on their flight path to Pearson. I explored these thoughts in an earlier work.



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