Nature Doesn’t Clash

I have a friend who is an artist, and when choosing his color palette for any given creation, he looks to nature for inspiration. He’ll take a leaf or a flower petal, for example, and put it under a microscope, and then use the colors he sees there. I think that’s a brilliant idea.

If you want the ultimate arbiter of good taste, nature is it. First of all, it’s been around a heck of a lot longer than we have. It knows how to play the game. It doesn’t like short-term trends. I can’t think of even one example of a natural thing that irritates my sensibilities. I definitely can’t say that about humans on an average day. (Nature wouldn’t be caught dead in sandals with knee socks.)

Nature also doesn’t wage war, shut down the government for selfish reasons, or pollute itself in the name of greed. It sees no need for firearms. If anyone were to support health care for all, it would be nature.

While nature can seem arbitrarily cruel, it definitely looks at the big picture and the long term. These are qualities that modern man seems to lack, to our everlasting peril. The more we ignore nature’s warnings, the more we will suffer. Nature is patient. Nature will win. The question is, will we be around to see it?

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2 thoughts on “Nature Doesn’t Clash

  1. lyn sutton

    Nature isn’t cruel, it is efficient and does what is in it’s best interest. Early humans understood that it’s in humanities best interest to embrace nature, not control or deny it. As long as we refuse to accept that we are still a part of nature our expiration date will continue to shorten. I guess the evolution and progress of a species isn’t always beneficial to the species survival. Maybe our brains just haven’t evolved enough. How else do you explain the sociopolitical mess we’ve created and the sandals with knee socks trend. 🙂

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