- L.A. Hall
- Wardsboro, VT
- United States
Everything is natural.
Everything is natural. That's right, you heard me – everything. The clouds of black, billowing smoke that pour out of paper mills. The mountains of garbage and filth that envelop a landfill. every coal mine and D-cell battery; every Hummer H3 and disposable cup; all the food colorings and pesticides you've ever eaten, and the plastic forks and knives you've used to eat them, are all one-hundred percent natural.
About now, my more socially conscious readers are probably a bit enraged, frustrated, fed up, that anyone, let alone a nineteen year-old liberal college kid, could claim that a plastic cup full of BP oil-spill water sitting in the carbon-fiber cup-holder of a Bugatti Veyron is 'natural', but bear with me.
There's this notion in our society that says for something to be 'natural', it must be virtually untouched by humanity. The less human hands or god-forbid, machines, touch a food or substance or whatever, the more 'natural' it is. This, my friends, is complete hogwash.
We humans, we're just another animal. Somehow, we think our behaviors – the houses we build, the rivers we pollute – are not the behaviors of animals, but something else. the reality is, we're just another piece of the puzzle, not the ones putting it together. We are natural animals, and thus, everything we create is natural. Look no farther than beaver dams. I doubt anyone would argue that a beaver dam is unnatural, but what about a house? No? What's the difference? We're just taking what's available and doing what we can with it. I doubt many people out there, even homeowners, consider their suburb McMansion 'natural', but it is. Nobody ever said natural was good. Well, they did – but they were wrong.
We are natural animals, and everything we make is natural. If you can see that we humans are just another beast on this earth, brethren to snakes and pigs and lizards on all continents, you will begin to see the true beauty in what we have accomplished as a race.