Good Life Nature Activity By: Philip Smith

Butterfly Garden

Nature on Display: This exhibit was appealing to me because it was immersive, beautiful, and interesting. The exhibit took you into a sort of rain forest swarming with butterflies, and it was beautifully designed with all of the exotic flora, and it brought me into a new world without leaving Gainesville. The garden taught me so much about butterfly behavior through actually seeing butterflies in their natural habitats, and I never could have understood these things without seeing these creatures in their home. I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time in the world of the butterflies, and getting away from the real world for a while.

Florida Nature Exhibit

Nature and Ethics: When I walked through this exhibit, I felt like I was walking through a swamp, limestone caves, and a prairie. I felt like I was at one with nature, and I felt a respect for the "biotic community" as Leopold put it. It felt as if I was on a very short hike, it was very relaxing, and it reminds me that I'm lucky to be in a world with such beauty. Others simply strode through this exhibit, but I was engrossed in the interesting topics in the exhibit. The Natural History Museum made it incredibly easy to be immersed in the natural world they conveyed, and it made me feel respect and reverance for the natural world around me.

Arrowhead Exhibit

Nature and the Human Spirit: The Natural History Museum did a fantastic job taking you away from the real world, and put you right into their natural world. The Arrowhead Exhibit was a great example of this, because it reminded me that people just like me have been on this planet for a long time, and that they struggled with many of the same things I have issues with. There were countless generations of people on this planet looking for the answers to the main questions of this class, and most found their own answers. This realization came to me, and I now know that there is not a single "good life", but that each individual has their own.

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