Nature vs Human Nature?

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The way animals self-organise in nature is astounding. Hundreds of birds or bees can fly and swarm together, but none hit the other, and their efficiency is only enhanced in their unity.

Humans, on the other hand, en masse, tend to fall into mob mentality or crowd think, acting somewhat like zombies or sheep, and many people try to avoid crowds at all costs, with cognizance of their inherent volatility.

What if humans enhanced their efficiency and effectiveness in groups? What is stopping us? There may be a number of the same animal who do the same thing (function), but no one gets upset about it or causes a fuss, they get on and do their thing. They seem to somehow inherently understand the ultimate goal and that their ability to survive and thrive is intrinsically linked to that of their kin.

What have we as humans forgotten, or perhaps not yet have remembered? We are the youngest species on earth: If you took the history of the earth and proportioned it into calendar months, humans would come on the scene in the last few seconds of the 31st of December. Moral of the story? We have much to learn about surviving and thriving gracefully on this planet – nature has been doing so for 3.8billion years, and we humans for a mere 200 000 years.

Another difference between us and Nature is that animals and plants seek the nutrients they need, rather than excess. They also can identify and certainly avoid toxic substances and foods. How have we got to a stage where humans are so lost regarding food, in both quality and quantity? We eat far more than we need to survive, and of the wrong kind of food. Highly addictive, highly processed foods that can be rather destructive as well as negatively impacting our health.We do not need nearly as much food as we think we do to survive. In fact, to thrive, we need better quality but less quantity of food.

Where have we gone awry?

Nature uses readily available resources and energy, and many humans treat food as if it is an unlimited resource, which it is not. The natural world values abundance, whereas humans see scarcity as valuable – it drives behaviour, economics and certainly wars.

We must all find our own responses to these questions – the important thing is that we start asking them, and asking ourselves what patterns we are perpetuating that we can change in order to live more elegantly here on planet Earth.

 

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