Essay

Civilization and Nature

Nature is opposed to civilization. Your centrally heated home, the Lakota Teepee and the Hawaiian thatched roof hut are all civilization, not nature. In our efforts to make things more natural we have also allowed them to become more uncivilized in ways we did not imagine possible, nor in ways we can discern anymore. We neither understand civilization and its limits, nor nature and its boundaries. We mis- or dis-understand because we have also disbanded with categorical thinking, erasing what we imagined were only imaginary boundaries to the categories that embraced us with civilization.

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