Loving and Learning From Mother Nature - My Own Story

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Mother Nature

It is no surprise to me that our planet's complex and astoundingly successful eco-systems that provide sustenance and support for all life (for all time) bears the endearing moniker of "Mother Nature", or "Mother Earth". I think "Mother Nature" broadens the scope a bit, because it seems to point farther out from our local corner of the Universe, into the outer depths, to a "Mother" or "Father" of all things.

Ever since I can remember, I have loved nature. I was fortunate to have grown up in a rural area where we could have any kind of pets we wanted (within reason) and we had a pond in our back yard that attracted lots of wildlife. We had cats, dogs, a white rat, baby turtles, crayfish, birds, you name it. Our pond attracted ducks, geese, loons, herons, cranes, deer; and, of course the pond itself had a variety of fish (catfish, sunfish, perch, trout, pickerel, bass, shiners...and probably others), plus frogs, turtles, snakes, crayfish, and, even leeches, or 'blood-suckers', as we called them. And, of course, all the local birds, bugs, insects, worms, butterflies and plant life everywhere.

Our pond was fed from several larger bodies of water, so it received constant eco-boosts and diversity of life-forms. It flowed slowly, all the time, which helped keep the water and eco-system healthy and bountiful. A batch of lily-pads grew in the far end. When they poked their yellow ball-flowers up, it was a sight to behold. Then when the water lilies bloomed, their white and yellow fan-petaled blossoms dotted the surface among the lily-pads.

Underwater, weeds grew prolifically in much of the pond, except near the house, where the water flowed out, to yet another small pond, which then flowed to a much larger lake. We were nearly surrounded by lakes and ponds, so we always engaged in water activities, which automatically puts one in close touch with nature, somehow.

Water, water, everywhere!

This is not our pond, though at times ours looked a bit like this, but smaller.  (c)2012 C.R.Hare
This is not our pond, though at times ours looked a bit like this, but smaller. (c)2012 C.R.Hare

Learning from Mother Nature

I must say that my good fortune to have grown up loving and engaging in nature has given me a true sense of awe and wonder and amazement that never ends. The more I observe and pay attention to some of what nature has to offer, the more I appreciate just how perfect it all really is.

Indeed, Mother Nature doesn't miss very much, when it comes to her "brood" of the billions of life-forms. She provides the earth with all that is needed to keep everything going and growing, even though there are many people in the world without adequate food or water for the populations. Some of those conditions are likely man-made, through oppression or greed or hatred or other forms of dissension and unrest, often perpetrated by powerful figures or groups with little compassion for fellow humans.

But, I digress...although, such a digression is actually an example of some of the valuable lessons that I think I gleaned from paying attention to nature. When I observe nature, I never see anything that even remotely resembles some of the behaviors and attitudes and characteristics we see in humankind.

I never see anything that looks like hatred...even when one animal kills another for its food. I never see anything that looks like greed...even if one cat hisses and snarls at another who tries to take its food. I never see anything that looks like bullying...even if a clearly advantaged lion attacks a helpless lamb. Instead, I see love...because these behaviors are designed and built into the 'programming' of all life-forms for their survival...even as we, ourselves, take the lives of every animal, fish, bird, or other living organism we use for OUR survival.

The lesson becomes one of appreciation for the benevolence and goodness that Mother Nature provides...simple as that, I think. Knowing that the laws of nature are solid and sure, and that the forces of good that are behind it all are truly a representation of love, because only pure love could support such phenomenal perfection and wondrous beauty and awesome complexity, in my (humble) opinion.

I'm just sayin...

What do YOU think?

Do you think nature is a representation of love?

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Do you think everything in nature just happens by pure random happenstance?

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Do you think behaviors seen in nature reflect greed, hatred, or bullying?

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Do you think nature is designed and planned out by a "superior intelligence" (i.e., a "Spirit God")?

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"Of course I believe in evolution...after all, God designed it that way!" (c) 2012 C.R.Hare
"Of course I believe in evolution...after all, God designed it that way!" (c) 2012 C.R.Hare

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