History in the Walking By: Hugo Rodriguez

Nature on Display

Without a doubt, my favorite gallery in the Natural History Museum was the display of prehistoric aquatic organism. First of all, the environment played a hug role. The combination of blue themes, narrow passages, and dim lights submerged me into the displays. I felt as if I was actually underwater! As for what this experience as a whole taught me, the most profound message had to be how small I was. Not only in size, but by demonstrating the variety in the ocean, let alone the entire world in just seconds of vision, left me with a feeling of reverence. I am a speck of dust physically, based on numbers, and time. Awkwardly enough, that is what I enjoyed the most. Instead of feeling inadequate, it is pretty receiving being reminded that life always has and will move on with or without you. My problems seemed much or minuscule and manageable knowing the amount of people and the amount of sheer experiences humans and organisms have gone through.

Nature and Ethics

While I am already someone who is supportive of Leopold's view that we should see ourselves as part of the biotic community, it is not as if visiting them museum had no affect on me. If anything, it cemented that perspective in my heart to a greater degree. As I mentioned before, we are shown hundreds and told of the millions more organism the existed in any part of the world before and during the age of humanity. It forces you to recognize and repeat nature in a time in which we have been the most disconnected from nature in history. The reason our society destroys the land and its inhabitants is because most of us are locked in concrete jungles, disconnected and gutless from the horrors of ending nature.

Nature and the Human Spirit

It is very easy to get caught up in one's own life, its events, the experiences that accompany life, and so on and so forth. While the problems in our individual life are important to us personally, if we put them in perspective with the history of the world, they are minuscule at best. On there other hand, we see with the museum how we really aren't that special. We are just a chapter in the book of time, and we may try our hardest to keep writing, eventually another will take over. These ideas can have two effect. By diminishing our perceived importance, it allows me to think of the future in a wider lens. If i screw up its okay, and if a succeed, fantastic now move on. Our ego as humans in the time when civilization is at its peak makes us arrogant, but unreality we a minuscule part of the story. Small but integral to the book of time, as it wouldn't be the same without us.

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