"I can't believe that yet another Good Life activity is inhibiting me from doing actual school work that needs to be done"- I thought to myself as I walked towards the museum. Yes, I knew that it was going to be a pretty cool experience in the end, but it goes to show how stressful college can be and how one does not take the time to "chill-out" and go do an activity outside of one's routine as a student. Here's how it went...
Butterfly Rainforest- Nature and the Human Spirit
This was my second time in this exhibit and (trust me) there will be a third. The closeness one has with the butterflies is not only unique in such a contaminated world, but the surroundings, the water, the plants, the flowers, give an ethereal experience for anyone who comes in looking to just see butterflies. The place almost feels like a bubble that can never be burst in a world full of chaos.
The Natural History museum help us step out of our ordinary lives by seeing that there is more to life than the routine, paperwork, cars and gray smoke. There is actual light and untouched beauty inside these museums that we do not take advantage of. Do not get me wrong, not everything that goes outside of a museum is contaminated or work-ridden. What makes museums so unique for stepping out of our daily lives is that we are being showcased nature's miracles with a blank background. No chaos, no distractions; just the miracle to better appreciate the mystery and majesty of the natural world.
looks like the scenery taken from a fairytale book
Nature and Ethics
A particular question arose when I saw the objects from the picture below. Leopold wants us to “love, respect, and admire” the land, but what about this? It is not directly disrespectful, but it is definitely not made for humans to create a connection with nature. For me, this is condescending to the sharks and fishes that were once alive. Why do they need to be showcased after their death like this? They look nothing like how they did when they were swimming around. I do not believe that this is educational at all. It would be educational if they are shown how they used to look when they were alive, with color, movement, shape and all, which is not what the museum provided me. If the roles were reversed, some will think it is atrocious if we were showcased in museums like this, but it is okay if we do it to fish, because they are just fish. Ethics means respect. By learning exactly how they looked when they were alive, we make justice to nature, & respect it.
Nature on Display
Due to a time crunch, I visited a limited amount of exhibitions, but the first time I went to the museum in Summer 2016 I especially liked the exhibition they have on the Seminoles, Calusa and other Native Indians from Florida.
I remember how enraged I became when I was reading the information the museum provided. Regardless, I enjoyed reading about it because this is a topic that is not talked about in the mainstream media or in casual conversations (now it IS thankfully, but back then in the Summer when I went it was not). To put this poignant issue 'in your face' in a quiet, tranquil setting, like the museum, is to defy laws of display and aethetics to bring an important issue to light. Museums have the permission to include just about anything in their areas without censor or manipulation of the items showcased. The Native Indian exhibition was my favorite because it ought to shake one to the core about realities that have to be faced and consequences that need to be amended today, therefore fulfilling the purpose of a museum: to immerse you, pique your curiosity and display information.