Florida Museum of Natural Historyby: skylar wilson
The most prominent display of nature to me in the museum was the mangrove exhibit. This exhibit displayed the natural surroundings of South Florida in an incredibly accurate manner, and I found this significant because I am originally from South Florida, and preservation of the mangroves and the Everglades is an issue that I find highly significant.
Nature and ethics are deeply intertwined, but the exhibit that I found this most prominent in was the displays regarding preserving the earth's natural resources and wildlife. These exhibits explore the ultimate question: is it ethical to continue the practice of destroying nature for monetary or political gain? The top graphic describes how human life in Florida is rapidly causing the loss of territory (thus life) for wildlife. It must be questioned if it is our right to prolong the mass death of other species for our own specie's growth.
In regards to human spirit and nature, the indigenous people of Florida exhibit truly stood out to me. These peoples have lived off the land for centuries, using only what they've needed to survive, and appreciating their surroundings. Nature was their home, not just a retreat. They truly understood the connection between the human spirit and nature, that humanity is supposed to be a part of nature, to coincide with it.