Nature can be beautiful and complex. With all the living things and amazing structures you’ll find out there in nature it’s hard not appreciate all it has to offer. You can go to a redwood forest in California and splendor at the massive trees you see on either side of you. You can visit Cherry Springs Park right here in Pennsylvania and get front row seats to a very observable Milky Way Galaxy. Or you can watch a YouTube video of the erupting Mt. St. Helens blowing off the top of the mountain and watch it roll down the side like wet cement and awe in the force in which nature exhibits. These are just the tips of the metaphorical iceberg (the real icebergs, or glaciers, are also a magnificent, yet disappearing, part of nature).

Yet with all this amazing nature we have all around us on this beautiful planet and beyond it nature has an ugly side. A side that includes misery, struggle, pain, deception, and hatred. The lions competing for power out in the savanna will kill the young cub(s) who is next in line. The Puma you see out in the mountains will kill the mother of the young fawn who now has to fend for himself after not even a year has gone by. The salmon that swim upstream will lay their eggs and die; passing on their genes to the next generation, but never experiencing parenthood, while hungry bears stand overtop looking to fatten up. Last but not least, there is that inevitable side of human nature that exists in many of us (not all) that can be particularly self-destructive and malignant. I’m talking about the belief in different “races” of people and the desire some have to terminate those “races”, social injustices that happen everyday that often revolve around money and power, and personal attacks that come from those who see you as a threat to their authority. Nature can be beautiful but it can blind us to the ugly parts we don’t want to see.

IMG_1060So how do we as human beings deal with nature’s ugly side? How can we go on to enjoy our limited lives and physical forms without succumbing to the crippling self-loathing and sadness that comes from an understanding of the dark sides of nature? Do we take up religion and pray? Do we keep our goals small and never reach for success because we are afraid of nature? Perhaps we might adapt a comfortable acceptance of reality and learn to live in the world as it is, quietly working diligently to change reality. All my millennials out there would probably go with that last choice because that’s who we are. The future is full to the brim of infinite possibilities and we know it. It may take longer to bring this future into fruition but we can certainly do it. We can change nature. We just have to take the first step and believe we can.

Although there are some parts of nature we cannot change: the death and taxes we all experience in life, love and loss, catastrophes like tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes, and watching people in old age lose their faculties as their bodies slowly shut down. Sometimes humans have a hard time coping with a miserable existence on our planet because we want to believe there’s something more to life than just living, reproducing, and dying.

Creating a better world is certainly not easy but it’s possible, and a worthwhile thing to include on a resume. When your employers read that you enjoy changing the world in your free time it might be in their nature to become afraid, questioning, or doubtful of your candidacy for employment, and some others might become excited, inspired, and maybe even hire you. (Wishful thinking, I know). It all depends on that person’s nature. It’s in my nature to be kind and empathetic to people I don’t know, and also cold and distant to them too. This is because natural events have taught me how to live in a civilized society amongst men who are sometimes primitive, with an understood class system that we all must understand and abide to. For instance, I’ll probably seem much colder and distant to the young man dressed in street wear that I see on the express train at Broad & Olney than I’ll be to the tour guide at the Mütter Museum who gives extra inside details while he or she does his or her tours. I might be also be friendlier to the young lady who isn’t very attractive but is friendly to me and flirtier around the one who is attractive and is just as friendly. It’s a natural part of nature.

In the natural political climate of the United States we can currently observe a presidential race, which is quite amusing, albeit very serious. We have extremes such as Donald Trump whom people (at least the ones I know) generally dislike but manages to lead in the polls. Then on the other side we have Bernie Sanders who carries as much integrity in character as he does in life experience with age. Only one of such candidates slogans, however, has become a memed and remixed in a negative light. Naturally the people go onto the internet and favor either candidate among other choices. Naturally I chose to let you decide who my mind sways towards when I think about how my life could generally improve while I have it. Unfortunately, when it comes to American politics, it is not a matter of who is good enough, such as it is in evolutionary terms. It’s survival of the fittest. Because only the fittest candidate will take the throne that is the President of the United States and leader of the free world.

As a male of African heritage and ancestry I naturally identify with black people. As an educated male of the same background I have been processed to understand the meaning of race and racism. I understand that we are all human beings with varying complexions that served us in an evolutionary sense because a celebrity scientist of both Irish and Bantu descent explained it to me. Yet, even still, we are divided. This is because of history’s natural course in time. White men who enforced institutional racism, who may have been Christian, Catholic, or Jewish, were often times corrupt by nature. We endured much of this corruption with very little assistance from anyone else until the revolution of the Civil Rights Movement ensured it would not last. During this movement two prominent black men were mysteriously killed and the oppression continued in it’s institutionalized form; and still does today. Is this part of nature, for ethnic groups of people to be so divided and hateful of the other? Yes and no. It’s natural but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary. It’s gotta end somewhere.

With that end in question I conclude this post. I hope you can come to understand what happens naturally. I hope this post gives you an update of my mastery. I hope that my lack of posts don’t make you laugh at me, but rather react fashionably and understand I’m waiting for something better. A brand new website is coming as soon as my bank account allows for it. In just a matter of time.

The Fire

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About the Author Isaiah Dix

Hi. I'm a millennial blogger who loves living things large and small, people of all shades, and the world at large.

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