However, the code, supported by the love and joy of nature in harmony with God, is challenged by mankind. Men can either live harmoniously and appreciatively with nature (as Natty does), or they can exploit and ravage the landscape (as Tom Hutter and Hurry Harry do). The Indians, including the Mingos, have more regard for their natural surroundings because they have lived on the land for generations. White men generally come only for profit and gain. Therefore the code faces its severest tests for Natty when he must oppose the greed of his fellow white men.Despite Natty's repeated and insistent reliance upon the differences between the races in his code, there is nothing racist in his approach. He believes that white men and Indians can live closer in peace with each other and nature if they recognize and accept differences in their respective races.
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