Nature and Ethics
The Natural History Museum gives us the opportunity to experience nature “as members of the “biotic community” rather than as “conquers of the land.”” Because this space is set-aside for the sole purpose of appreciating nature, it is impossible to think of us as individuals looking to take over the land. Instead, we are given the opportunity watch and observe animals in their natural habitat. When going through the museum, it was extremely peaceful. Thinking of ways to avoid the butterflies from landing on me was some of my first thought, but as I continued through the exhibit, I started thinking about all the different species and how these animals all live harmoniously together. By creating an environment where people are forced to observe their surroundings instead of interact with it, the Museum was able to create an atmosphere that connected you with the animals all around. I think it is important to “love, respect, and admire” the world around us because we are animals, just like the butterflies flying around us. By being able to observe an environment, I feel ethically responsible to care not only humans, but all creatures of our world.
Nature and the Human Spirit
The Natural History museum gives us an opportunity to step into an environment that we do not experience in our daily lives. Every day, we go to class, do homework, and go to different locations, but never fully appreciate the life around us. Being put in a simulation of an environment that is so different from our own, we are able to take a break from our ordinary lives and just enjoy. Being in touch with nature, helps us discover how insignificant some of life’s problems may be compared to all of the problems with our world. There are so many incredible species on the Earth, and we can fully appreciate them by taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture.