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Nature: container, object, person, self?

Posted by on September 15th 2013

Nadine Andrews discusses her  research on how people view nature: as a container or place, as an object, as a person or as self.  She concludes:-

“Nature is self
Seeing NATURE IS SELF “I am nature” seems to express the fundamental inseparable integral reality of our relationship better than NATURE IS A PLACE, and avoids the exploitative pitfalls of NATURE IS A PERSON. It works so long as we have a healthy relationship with ourselves (‘love thy neighbour as thyself’).
This does not mean losing our distinctiveness and merging into a homogenous mush.”