Nature and ethics
Meyer, Scott. Butterflies from the Mist. 2004, translucent stones, Florida Museum of Natural History.
Along with the butterfly rainforest, this small butterfly exhibit highlighted the majesty of butterflies, which helped me appreciate, love, and respect them. I thought this exhibit offered a nice complement to the butterfly rainforest because it truly captured the beauty of butterflies and thus the beauty of nature. As I walked through the museum and observed exhibits like this one, I felt a oneness with and respect for nature. I got the sense that I was not a "conqueror," but a member of the natural world. The museum allowed others and myself to experience nature firsthand; I walked through the cave and interacted with butterflies. Seeing these natural phenomenons up close instilled an ethical responsibility within me because I was able to understand how important nature is and the lengths we should take to preserve it.