Nature and being natural
March 24, 2009 4:12am CST
A tree is natural , but a table is unnatural due to the human involvement. And things which works according to nature's law becomes natural. Things we do not understand become unnatural. When it comes to behaviour , a lion eating a goat seems natural for the lion to do, but is it natural for the goat to be eaten by the lion ? And then humans are brutish, have the capacity to kill and cause destruction.This is by nature. But when the action is carried out it comes unnatural. If you were to think about the concept of nature and natural, how would you help me understand it ?
24 Mar 09
Anything which caters to instincts and nature is natural. That way a lion killing a goat is natural, dogs biting humans are natural but a human biting a dog is unnatural. And to all these there is a method. The method that limits us to what is being natural. When I cry, shout, fight, scratch ...its all natural but when I take a knife and try to kill then it becomes un natural. We are attributed with all the instincts right from compassion to violence but the violence must be restrained. It must not become that destructive that we become a lower being instantly. I think that’s the difference between being natural and being un natural.
24 Mar 09
Explaining it from the perspective of instincts and us humans on a certain level make sit easier to understand. The instincts may be there, but as you rightly say they have to be restranined. This capacit to restrain is what is natural to humans. Great explanation Mimpi. Thanks
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28 Mar 09
People have used and overused the word natural until it no longer has a really clear meaning. Sometimes I think natural is whatever the personal calling it natural wants it to be. It is in the realm of the natural to do all sorts of anti-social things, but our laws and mores forbid most of the worst of these things.
25 Mar 09
Nature and natural to me are actions, representations or events that occur through little or no actual planning, conscious thought or manipulation. These are things that occur by default because it is just how things are! Instinct for example is a natural behaviour as you can't plan it! You either have it at times or you don't. It's a sub-conscious act. Anything that goes against these flows or is consciously undertaken deviates into the unnatural. I believe my own lines of thought are very similar to your own then.