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The Misunderstanding Of Humans Relationship With Nature

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“11 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” (The Bible, Genesis. 1-11) God created earth with all what it has from minerals and rocks to plants and animals. He also made the nature in a unique way. After that, God created humans and gave them dominion over the other species and creations. “28 And god blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (The Bible, Genesis. 1-28)
God created all these for humans to use as resources to survive. However, He implied that we should not destroy the nature that we depend on to survive, we should use it in a wise way and we should also protect it to maintain the ecosystem. However, humans misunderstand this concept, and are destroying the nature. “The history of man’s efforts to subjugate nature is also the history of man’s subjugation by man.” (Horkheimer 72) We use it in wrong, immature way. We use it as if it will never be destroyed.
There are negative consequences of that prevailing ideology toward nature. Without nature, we cannot create anything; therefore, we cannot survive. “The worker can create nothing without nature, without the sensuous external world. It is the material in which his labor realizes itself…” (Marx 325) However, as we create things from nature, we lose direct contact with nature itself. We are only exposed to the things we made. “In a physical sense man lives only from these natural products, whether in the form of nourishment, heating, clothing, shelter, etc….Nature is man’s inorganic body, that is to say nature in so far as it is not the human body.” (Marx 328) This ideology toward nature is destroying the nature we live in and depends on to survive. The thesis of this paper is to describe how humans misunderstood their relationship with nature and what changes they need to make in order to save it.
The world population is growing and growing rapidly, and as the population increase, we require and consume more of the resources we need to survive. Our resources are decreasing as our numbers increase. We eat more and more. For example, fishermen on the Chesapeake Bay, according to Larry Simons (Poisoned Waters), are getting less fish, oysters and crabs. The variety of what they get is also decreasing since many sea animals became extinct in that bay like shad, yellow perch and tarpon. Humans are overfishing the resources causing them to disappear.
Another kind of animals that we consume on a daily basis is chicken. Chicken is one of the most common types of meat that we eat. As the demand on chicken increase, prices increase too. Small independent businesses cannot reduce their prices since their production is limited. This led big businesses to be in the...

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