The Florida Museum of Natural History A story told by Alondra Rivera

Nature on Display: The Butterfly Rainforest at the Natural History Museum was a bright and vibrant place. The Butterfly Rainforest is a soothing bubble where you can disconnect from the outside world. I enjoyed the flow of this exhibit; it is constructed as a one way path or a current form. The only way out of the exhibit is to walk though it. I gained a new perspective on the balance of nature and consciousness. I mostly value my view of consciousness. As I observed the butterflies, I wondered if they had a sense of self awareness. I quickly realized that, most likely, did not have self awareness. At that moment, I was glad to be human.
Nature and Ethics: My visit to the Nature museum made me appreciate the untamed beauty of nature. However, I recognized that I was also a part of nature. Human beings distance themselves from the classical version of nature;but, no matter what you believe to be the origin of the world, there is no doubt that we once inhabited this untamed nature. I felt like I was part of the butterfly exhibit. I believe that on an unconscious level visitors felt like they too were a part of the exhibit.
Nature and the Human Spirit: The Natural History Museum allows visitors to step out of their daily stressful life. It allows people to use reductionism to make sense of their hectic lives. The Butterfly Rainforest gives people a model of harmony to apply to their lives. Nature reminds us to take a moment to enjoy the simple things in life. When we realize that we are a part of nature, we will no longer consider it mysterious because we will understand the secrets it holds are within us.

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