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Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?

I am an environmental Literature student, and I am interested in people's responses about the constitution of Nature, Technology, and the relationship that is apparently slowly being degraded with Nature.

All responses are welcome.

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  • May 28 2013: Self awareness has enables us to realize the invaluable gift of life. Our more distant ancestors likely sensed the precious nature of existence more keenly than we do because as beautiful as nature can be, it can also be harsh almost beyond description which resulted in what must have seem to be a fleeting life span by todays standards.

    Our consequent ability to communicate and innovate improved the quality and longevity of our lives considerably. It is now possible to live in technological circumstances where the artificial (human made or modified) component of one's environment contrasts so sharply from years past as to appear to be a brave new world to our not so distant ancestors. One thing has not changed we are still bound by our natural origin and history.

    The state of technology may diminish our appreciation and respect for the role of the nature in our natural history, but that could be said of religion as well. The added risk expanded technology poses could well be in disrupting our earthly well being as an unintended consequence of ideas and products such as the Hydrogen Bombs, Organically Modified Organisms, etc.

    It could be argued that it takes two to tango. Technology has played a key role in health, food advances, etc., yet our natural urge to reproduce babies remains in full steam causing world population numbers to soar because babies seldom die and we all live longer which in turn puts strain and more demands on technology to serve the exploding human population needs, which in turn becomes even more exotic and worrysome because there is a limit.

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