A look at our relationship with nature

There is something perverse and wrong about messing with the genes of animals and plants.

Genetic Modification

I exchanged messages with a blog reader recently on GM research, this is the attempt by science to tamper with the genes of animals and plants.  Firstly, I have no issue with cross breeding of species; nor do I have issues with reintroducing long extinct species; but I am alarmed that humanity is ignorantly tampering with the code of life.

Lack of wisdom

Like Dr Frankenstein, humanity has walked into areas it should not be going into, this is when things go wrong, when GM modified creations go against its maker.  Human science is inflicted with a profound hubris, ignorance and lack of wisdom when it messes with the raw forces of nature; profit replaces meaning and common sense.

Another world

My recent excursion into the world of cave art revealed to me a raw world of sex and death, where humanity depended closely upon nature, and their relationship with nature was respectful and close.  In this world there is no writing, no farming, no metal, no time. Everyone hunted, they were nomadic and vulnerable to the full might of nature.  In this dry and cold climate there was no Jesus, Buddha or Mohammad, it was a world of shamans, and all things had spirit.

The Venus

A major archetype amongst the nomads was the Venus, in her earliest form she had no head, but displaying wide hips, large breasts, and a huge vulva.  This Mother Goddess is the source of all life, the Grotto at Chauvet shows a stampede of animals going to and from a vulva-like depression in the cave, from which water also flows from.

Humanity at the time had a spiritual attachment to the Venus to provide him with food.  An important food source was a bison, a powerful dangerous animal, which was a walking supermarket, providing a large proportion of the needs of a nomad: the skin for their clothing, meat for food, and bones for tools.  The bison, and its bull equivalent was the symbol of abundance because of the quantity of needs it met.  At Chauvet there is a central image of a Venus, cleverly superimposed with a cave bear and a bison. The Venus was the inner world that brought forth life; the bison was the outer world, symbol of abundance; the cave bear was a bridging figure between the worlds.

What came from the Venus was a swarm of archetypes who had taken the form of animals.  These “gods” were seen as gifting themselves to humanity, the humans killed them for their needs, and sent the spirit back to its source with extreme reverence.  To dishonor a spirit that a nomad killed would be to potentially cause the spirit and the Venus to turn against the nomads.

Who is backward?

Humanity has separated by a vast distance from nature; there is no reverence of animals now, who we subject to lab testing, factory farms, genetic alteration. There is no feeling of connection with the animal that died to feed us, the meaningless meat that is in a McDonald hamburger, or the pie from a supermarket.  Those of us who may show respect for animals in our daily actions, I doubt do so from a deeply spiritual point of view as did our ancestors.  The ancients would be horrified to see how we now relate with nature; who is backward? It is not the nomad.

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16 responses to “A look at our relationship with nature

  1. Alex, great post. It’s we, modern civilization, who are backward. You’re correct, we’re shamefully disconnected from the natural world and all it encompasses. There’s little respect for “lesser” beings in our world and the balance of the natural world, or what should be the balance… I must say, though, that some of us do feel a deeply spiritual connection. When I walk through the ancient or giant redwoods, experience some moments in time along a little traveled trail or spend quiet hours along the rugged, unpopulated sea coast, I cry. Deep spiritual connection with, and crushing emotions for the love of, the natural world brings me to the place where I belong. I carry this with me, like a coin in my pocket. I wish the solution were as easy as handing out these “coins” to everyone….

  2. “she had no head, but displaying wide hips, large breasts, and a huge vulva.”

    Sounds like Leicester today, lol.

  3. travisthetraveler

    Beautifully said! You have a great sense.

  4. I’d give anything to see the world as it used to be.

  5. Now I wonder if food was abundant, would the nomads have been as reverent? We have come to a point now where we can choose to be reverent, not from fear of retailiation if we’re not, but from respect for what shares this world with us. In essence, we can be reverent because we want to be, not because we have to be. The choices of will are more powerful then the choices of need.

    Seapunk, the solution is that easy. This coin you shared is now in everyone’s pocket that read this. Keep up the good work!

  6. Since I’ve spent almost fourty years in the forest, guess I’m still connected to the Mother. While I was out and about yesterday I found a secondhand book which may interest you. The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartman. What we are doing as a species is absolutely shocking. In its way this book does explain why we are this way now.

    • Hi J Rankin, thanks for the book recommendation. People are separated from nature, self and each other, and this then causes cruelty, stupidity and laziness. The causes of the problems are simple, and the solution is simple too.

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