Blog Prompt Round 7 Response to Prompt 3: Connecting


I do believe that humans are connected to the earth. Our senses allow us to continually gather information and detect patterns or changes in our environment. They connect us to the earth and allow us to communicate with our surroundings. I do not think that religion is a large factor in connecting humans to the earth. For some, the practices and beliefs of their religion may promote interaction with the natural environment and realization of our connection to it. However, generally speaking, religion is a man made construct created for a purpose ( i.e. explaining the unknown), and ultimately it is the senses that connect humans with the earth.

Despite having (or being capable of having) deep connections with the earth, humans have largely exchanged the natural environment for an artificial, man made environment.  By doing so, humans are able to ensure that they live in favorable (if not ideal) environmental conditions and thereby maximize comfort. Unfortunately, it has become very difficult for humans to go without these creature comforts and technologies. We no longer see ourselves as part of nature, but have separated ourselves from it. There are benefits to this, such as reduced risk from predators, pathogens, and other things that increase chances of survival. However, I think it is imperative that humans don’t lose sight of our connection and dependence on our natural environment. I believe this is possible through raising awareness and spreading education. We cannot become so focused with our lives indoors that we completely ignore the world going on outside, because if we do, we will not notice it is gone before it is too late to be brought back.


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  1. I agree with pretty much everything you said. We are definitely losing sight of our connection with the Earth and nature, but since we are part of it whether we admit it or not, I do not think it can ever be gone forever. There will always be a part of the human mind that remembers this connection even if it is not consciously recognized. However, I think religion has a larger role in our link to nature than the response gives it credit for. While religion is different for everyone, it generally allows an escape from the civilized world which may bring one closer to nature. It can also contribute to a focus on the afterlife and another world, removing one from the Earth. It may not be the biggest factor, but religion is definitely something that should be considered. Lastly, the benefits listed above are flawed. We may see an increase in chances of survival as a good thing now, but a closer look reveals the dangers of such population growth via its role in war, famine, and global warming.

  2. I agree that it is very important that we do not lose sight of our relation to the earth and also agree that education should be a major force in endorsing that idea. There is definitely a switch in the power we have over our environment as you brought up describing human technology and made man environments. I think the major issue arises from the fact that nature is often unpredictable or that we have limited control over it. We feel better when we reduce our risks but increasing the separation creates its own problems in itself. Technology may advance to fix these problems but we cant be sure so i agree its important that we need to increase awareness. On the topic of religion, it doesn’t have to be key in creating ties to the environment but it can definitely help as you stated.

  3. How would you define a human’s connection to the Earth? Is this connection accessible to all humans? Do you feel that this connection is mystical in nature, or can it be quantified in some way? Additionally, are humans the only organisms capable of this connection?
    I’m skeptical of the idea of a “connection” to the Earth because such an idea is too nuanced and moves away from materialism (which I’m loyal to). I like to think that attitude is reflective of an awareness of an inclination to have a relationship with land (“land” in the Leopoldian sense).

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