The Florida Museum of National History A Good life nature experience

Nature on Display

The Hall of Florida Fossils shows the evolution of life and land in the state of Florida, focusing specifically on the evolution of shark mandibles, as displayed in the pictures. The butterfly exhibit, on the other hand, provides a more tangible approach to nature, giving me the opportunity to interact with the butterflies fully.

The butterfly exhibit and the "Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land" at the FLMNH

I was absolutely mesmerized by the shark mandibles at the Hall of Florida Fossils. Because even the smallest mandible is larger than my torso (while the largest mandible is significantly wider than my arm's length), I felt slightly frightened to ever be unfortunate enough to encounter one of those in full. The butterfly exhibit, although equally overwhelming, provided me with a much more relaxing experience. I had the opportunity to have the butterflies land in my hand, and be fully surrounded by a green environment filled with life and flora. I learned that both fear and tranquility have the power to captivate me, although the butterfly exhibit was much more enjoyable. I also learned that being surrounded by a discharge of oxygen and an abundant flora brings forth an overall feeling of joy -- definitely one of the main takeaways of the Good Life.


Ethics and nature have been intertwined, in a rivaled yet necessary relationship, since the earliest signs of colonization. A perfect example of ethics in nature is the Calusa indigenous tribe's relationship with the Estuary in Southern Florida, producing food and shelter for many species while enjoying of its resources.

The Calusa's fishing traditions and practices on Estuaries in Southern Florida.

The Casula indigenous tribe saved the ecology of Southern Florida from failing by appreciating the impeccable Estuaries it offered. Because Estuaries provide food, shelter, and soil the grasses for energy absorption, as well as being incredibly good for the soul because of their natural beauty, the Casula people chose to maintain their colonizing efforts to an ethical standard and enjoying of the estuarine resources while maintaining their practices ecologically sound. In my opinion, this is the bedrock of marrying the nature and ethics: taking advantage of the abundant (yet not endless) resources that land and bodies of water have to offer but maintaining the general flora, fauna, and water alive and well. Learning about the Estuaries absolutely impacted me and my friends (and hopefully other people at the museum), as it made me feel more responsible for taking care of the natural land from which I attain my resources, as well as helping me connect to nature in a personal and caring level.


The Calusa indigenous tribe were great traders, exchanging with other Indian people throughout the eastern North America, who supplied them with rocks (e.g. Quartzite, Greenstone, and Stone as shown in the picture below) in exchange for other goods. The Calusas also felt strongly about their religious and spiritual beliefs; in fact, the Spaniards tried to convert the indigenous tribe to their religion but they "remained faithful to their centuries-old beliefs."

The Calusa's spiritual beliefs and goods as exemplified by their craft works.

The Calusa indigenous tribe illustrates the human spirit perfectly through their spirituality and religious beliefs. By remaining faithful to their long-standing spiritual tradition, the Calusas demonstrated a preference for spirituality and a passion for the eternal over the conventionalities of power and the ordinary. By favoring the human spirit, the Calusas underscore the importance of recognizing the majesty and mystery of the Universe, which they believe to be profoundly valuable. The fact that they were strong traders (as illustrated by the pictures), and indeed appreciated the value of materials such as Quartzite and Greenstone only reinforces their spiritual faithfulness when they remain loyal to their religious traditions in the face of conversion by the outsiders. Thus, by connecting to the eternal, we have a chance to understand what is beyond the physical world (as deeply connected to its materialistic features as we may be) and find peace, tranquility, and hopefully, answers for the mysteriousness of the universe.

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