What is nature or what is natural? For the most part we as unique individuals believe that anything that has not altered from its original existence is therefore natural. Anything that is natural, by many, is considered pure and good.
You see this often in the food industry. Many labels will proclaim that their product is all natural. Or they may say that orange juice is 100% pure. (I dare you to try and find orange juice from trees that have not been sprayed with chemicals)
You see manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, although some would merely call this, “human nature”. This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by humans.
So, where do you stand? Do you think that everything in life should be completely natural? Or, is it okay with you if you live in a world were artificial is also acceptable?
Keep in mind, you can’t have it both ways. If you are a true naturalist then rain water is just about the only beverage that you will be able to consume. And of course you will have to gather your rain water yourself because no one will be providing it in its natural state.
Okay! So I take it that you may be having some second thoughts about really wanting to live a natural life. By these standards I do not believe that anyone would choose a completely natural life style.
With that in mind one would have to think that artificially manufactured objects or objects that have human interaction is acceptable .
All of our life styles would be revolutionized if we truly put a great value on an all natural existence. Even the Amish would have great difficulty with an all natural life style.
So what is the solution to this critical dilemma? I say it is quite simple. We just give people free choice as to the natural vs. artificial life style. No matter how un-natural it might seem to many for a woman to wear six inch heels, she is fully capable of making that determination herself. While this may seem quite un-natural to many in our society, given time, it will become the new normal.
The Tennessee walking horse was originally bred in the Southern United States to carry the owners of plantations around their lands. However, because of their smooth gait and stamina, some farmers began to race their Tennessee Walkers. They became so popular that breeders continued to refine and re-define the Tennessee Walking Horse into a flashy, smooth gaited, show horse.
Our civilization has always accepted evolution through human interaction as an acceptable way to act and behave in our modern society.
• Scroll on down to the next post and you will see a shining example of nature at its best! I shot this video in Highlands, North Carolina while on a wonderful vacation.
• Come on back and visit next week as I give complete coverage of the Ohio Valley Walking Horse Association to be held March 31st, 2012 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Ky.