Nature and Ethics
The Natural History museum did provide me with the opportunity to view myself as a member of nature rather than superior to it. Every exhibit I entered always tied the information back to the visitor. For example, in the South Florida People and Environments exhibit the visitor learned about how different Native American tribes interacted with estuaries. This made me reflect on how not only the Gainesville community interacts with the environment but also how I personally interact with it. I noticed that younger children and adults alike were enjoying the exhibits as much or even more than I was. My experience did not instill an ethical responsibility to nature in me, it strengthened it. As a Sustainability Studies major, I am constantly learning about the workings of species and various environments and humans' destructive impact. I understand these facts and am constantly working to minimize and reverse our impact. My museum experience reminded me of my responsibility and inspired me to work even harder. It is easy to get carried away with the hustle and bustle of college. To get overwhelmed and lose sight of why I am at this university. The museum brought me back into focus and motivated me to perservere.
Nature AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT
The Natural History Museum steps visitors out of their ordinary lives by providing a learning environment that contains information that people do not seek to learn on their own. The typical visitor does not normally have an interest on North Florida waterways or the evolution of fossils but when they come into the museum, they learn about that kind of information in fun and interactive ways. When you take the time to learn about the past, you are able to prevent the mistakes made from earlier peoples from happening again. The Natural History museum shows visitors just how complex and delicate nature is. Realizing the complexity and delicacy makes visitors appreciate the majesty of the natural world much more than when they first entered the museum.
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