Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Nerd's Thoughts on Nature and Man

I've been thinking a lot about this quote from my favorite book:

"El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so."

In the story "The Blessing of El-ahrairah" from Richard Adams' Watership Down, the rabbits' god Frith says this to the leader of the rabbits, going on to say that the world will instead be his enemy. What I'm thinking is maybe this can be applied to humans as well. We are animals that possess the highest form of brain capacity known, the capacity of organized conscious thought and the ability to act on that. We use this higher thought capacity to a much larger extent compared to other animals. Yet we are still in the same situation as the rabbit, even though it may seem to be the other way around.

Nature rules the life of the rabbit and, despite the advances made in the past and those that continue to be made even today, the life of man. Think of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine. Despite how powerful the human race is, nature rules our lives, too. And whether you believe a god is responsible for that order, the brutal power of the natural world and the environment surpasses the power of man, no question.

Richard Adams took the human creation myth and put rabbits in place of humans to make a point. We are powerful, yes, but we are far from omniscient and infallible. We were given flaws and obstacles in the world to prove this, yet I feel to an extent we ignore it. Personally, if I'd never read this book I never would have thought of it! And I'm ashamed of that.

No matter how powerful we seem, that power only extends so far and, despite what we believe about ourselves and our power, nature will always run the show for every race on earth.

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