Unformatted text preview: ns disappeared. Nature would quickly and completely erase the evidence
of our existence. Nature can persist without humans, but humans cannot exist without nature. The scientific
evidence strongly supports the naturalist view: humanity and nature are interconnected, and humanity is
intensely dependent on natural systems for life support.
Ultimately we develop our relationship with nature from our own experiences and by learning from our
parents. Sadly, many people have never truly experienced nature, and the proportion of Americans who fall in
this category is increasing. An increasing proportion of Americans view nature as “icky” and unnecessary.
Usually these people had parents with similar views, and as a result those parents never introduced their
children to nature by camping, fishing, or hiking with them. Isolation from nature inhibits the development of
an appreciation of its beauty, and its necessity.
When I was about 12 years old, my parents took their eight children to the Algonquin Provincial Park...
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- Fall '14
- John C. Ayers