Nature and Ethics
The Natural History Museum provided me the opportunity to experience nature in ways that Leopold recommends because it tied together the development of humans alongside other animals, suggesting that life overall was formed and evolved together, rather than humans conquering the land. I felt like I was going back in time as I walked through the museum. I sensed the ancient feel of the museum, at the same time being expressed in a modern way. As I went through the museum I thought that humans are really small compared to some of the amazing and humongous animals that used to walk the earth. I noticed other people being in awe of how large the fossils and skeletons of the prehistoric animals were. The Natural History Museum allowed visitors of the museum to connect with nature by showing the simultaneous development of both humans and other animals. My experience in the museum instilled in me an ethical responsibility to nature as Leopold imagines because it convinced me that humans are not the conquerors of the land, but rather fellow inhabitants amongst other animals with which we should peacefully coexist.