Nature’s vocabulary is different from ours, and maybe that’s not a bad thing


The ways in which nature and humanity operate both on an individual and interactive level are very different, and it is easy to wonder if they are simply meant to be separate. Like many of the great mysteries of the universe, however, this can be another unanswered question.

Over time, science and research have managed to gather enough information to build a relatively competent working model of how we currently think the universe works. It took a truly remarkable and comprehensive effort involving several great people to make it happen.

Sir Isaac Newton taught us all about gravity and motion, until much of his work was eventually replaced by Albert Einstein. Einstein provided insight into relativity and space-time-matter, and his findings, coupled with those of Newton, helped give us a brilliant new take on how we view the world according to the laws of physics. Charles Darwin and his work on the theory of evolution contributed to the field of biology on a level that is arguably the equivalent of Einstein, and Watson and Crick (using the work of Rosalind Franklin) unveiled a model DNA that has changed the way we think about genetics. forever.

That being said, each breakthrough has come with a resounding conclusion: What we know as a species is good, far less than what we don’t know. At first glance, this might seem like a bad thing, but in reality, it could be much more beneficial than we realize.

We were born into an environment called “nature” which we often try to explain using words like inertia, homeostasis and balance. However, nature is difficult to define beyond its desire to sustain life while keeping things as close to balance as possible.

It’s mysterious and vague in the way it works, but what we do know at least helps us make sense of some phenomena, like how the Earth is just the perfect distance from the sun or how organisms are. able to adapt so remarkably to change. . Sometimes it seems like nature knows better than we do what it does, and we should give it the credit it deserves.

As society moves forward, we seem to be pushed towards what is artificial or synthetic and away from what is natural. We’re obsessed with managing busy schedules to regret spending time away from loved ones or not “stopping to smell the roses”. We marvel at fad diets and extreme weight loss plans without recognizing how unhealthy and dangerous they are.

And then, of course, there is global warming, a product of the evolution of society. Maybe the world is there for our pleasure, but with all the negative effects that we are starting to see from climate change, Earth could be hinting that we are pushing things too hard.

Concepts like balance and harmony have been largely forgotten in our quest for progress and success. We make ambition the big center of our lives and take it to the extreme, but it often seems like we don’t even take the time to ask ourselves why.

Maybe somewhere along the way, someone or a group just made it the point of our existence, and since then we haven’t even considered looking back. Anyway, if man and nature have always had different vocabularies from the start, we probably don’t even speak the same language anymore.

But perhaps the most important difference between us and nature is that nature does not judge. Nature is as neutral as possible to a third party, and in this regard, it is sometimes easy to think that nature is cruel when it seems to be going against our favor.

But what if it was the other way around and nature really had a conscience? What if he put everything into good and bad categories and dictated that there was a good way to live and a bad way to live? What if nature left no room for a gray area or imagination and made everything exist according to its rules?

Whatever differences exist between us and nature, it may not be as important that we strive daily to understand every little nook and cranny of how it works. Perhaps the most important thing for us is for us to just sit back and appreciate it for what it provides us with instead.

Eugene Kim is a graduate student in Biotechnology and Engineering and Environmental Sciences and a full-time software engineer who lives in Oakton, Virginia. He is a contributing writer for The News-Letter.


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