This is not nature.
It is a shrub. This is not nature.
It’s choke cherries at the end of the season. Yeah. Another shrub. This is not nature.It’s wire weed, reclaiming a road shoulder, with a beautiful disrespect for gravity. What then is nature? It’s a human concept. These things aren’t. But, you see, there’s a trick here. Look again. This is human.
Yes, you. And even this.
By nature, a specific kind of human attention must be meant. Otherwise the term is just no use at all. Unless, of course, you believe that you are not of this planet. If that’s the case, then you can use it. If you do, however, this is not human…
… but this is, perhaps…
This grass was humanly sown to stabilize a slope after road construction. It has replaced a rich, living landscape with a single species.
This is how profit is drawn from the earth and turned into human economies. The life of a thousand species is concentrated down to one (humans). How could it be otherwise. It’s the mirror of human economic organization under the current world economic model. All discussions of the earth are ethical discussions.