When I went to the Natural History Museum, I went directly to the Butterfly garden to see what it was. I was totally astounded. There was greenery everywhere. There was a gentle breeze blowing about at all times, and it was carrying the aromatic scent of all the nectar and flowers in the area with it. There was a gentle warmth from the sun beating down on us in that garden. There were butterflies of many different shapes and colors fluttering around. The soft gurgling of the fountain/creek that was setup contributed to the absolute serenity of the place as I walked through. Despite it the garden being filled with young kids, their screaming was not too irritating. No matter the age, the thrill of seeing something like a butterfly up close is so enthralling that a college student and an elementary school kid would behave the same way. There was something about the pure joy and wonder in the butterfly garden that had me in awe of the natural beauty of nature on display.
Right after I left the butterfly garden, I came upon this area, where some zoologist/conservation scientist was working to help the butterflies in need. This was some sort of conservation area. The sign next to me talked about the declining population of butterflies, and what was being done to assist their survival. While the butterflies might not be humanoid creatures that can be fully understood by humans, that does not mean they are no less worthy of living a good life on this planet. As a species of this planet, in fact the dominant one, we have a duty to ensure the survival of all other races, as many as we can save. While there were many exhibits discussing how humans have changed the environment that we live in, there were far fewer discussions about conservation than I had expected for a "Museum of Natural 'History'".
While I already know much of this, that is how humans changed the environment they lived in to survive, or adapted to the environment, it was nice to have my knowledge refreshed. I saw how the native Americans adapted to the land around them. I think that this people's traditions and cultures really capture the essence of appreciating the majesty of nature. These people had legends which explained the various natural phenomenon in fanciful and awe-inspiring ways. These people fashioned fishing devices out of plant fiber and sticks, hunted with sticks and stones, and lives in thatch and animal hide huts. These people really saw the indomitable will of nature, and did their best to adapt around it. It is a testament to their beliefs that they have survived for so long living the same way for centuries. While I knew all of this already, the FLMNH acted as a stimulus to give me cause to think about this topic again. Without such a landmark nearby, I likely would have never revisited this train of thought. It is really due to eh FLMNH that I was able to appreciate the majesty of nature and the human spirit.