Position Paper #1 - I might as well come right out with it....

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I might as well come right out with it. Humanity and nature go hand in hand; you cannot have one without the other. Humanity is the quality of being humane, or good. It is a humane characteristic, attribute, or act. Nature is the force and process that produces and controls all the phenomena of the material world; it is the world of living things and the outdoors. 1 I believe that humans’ relationship with nature is important, and it should not be a controlling one. Citizens have an obligation, along with the government, to make sure that the relationship between humans and nature stays civil. To make sure the relationship stays civil, science has to come into play. Man is not the conqueror of land; man is part of its community. Humans have a right, and an obligation, to take care of the land and nature. In the most efficient way possible, humans need to conserve the natural resources that their land provides. Nature is not to be conquered or exploited, but unveiled, and reveal all it can bring to humanity. Humans are separated from nature, they should not be. They should be part of it and treat land as most people treat their family or friends, with care and love. Humanity’s relationship with nature is displayed everyday, everywhere. We, as humans, us nature to promote and continue our human race. We use it how we like. We use what we need and a lot of what we do not need, and poke it because it looks pretty. That is how it is, not as it should be. Nature responds to us through the consequences of how we treat it, example, climate change and dirty air. Humans should protect nature, because if they do not, there will soon be no nature left to protect. As Leopold said, all conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is not wilderness let to cherish (101). There are three cultural values that renew contacts with nature. The first one is “nationalism” (Leopold 177), which stimulates the awareness of history. Hundreds of years ago, nature was all people had, they seem to be 1 Thanks to dictionary.com for the definitions of humanity and nature/environment. 1
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forgetting that. Second, humans still rely on nature, just not directly as they once used to. There is now a “soil-plant-animal-man food chain” (178). The third one is “sportsmanship” (178). Basically, the tools humans use for the pursuit of wildlife improve faster and faster. It is getting to the point that one day humans will not know where they came from because wilderness will only be a part of the past. Humans are destroying faster than they can recreate, and what was once cherished, by morals and ethics, is now gone. According to Leopold, wilderness is now there for sport above anything else. Agrarian philosophy states that agriculture and the
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course LBS 133 taught by Professor Rienheld during the Fall '05 term at Michigan State University.

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Position Paper #1 - I might as well come right out with it....

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