Problem

Fear of nature

Other Names:
Misapprehension of nature as the enemy
Dependence on fear of nature
Nature:
Failure to externalize the emotions is based on fear. The surging of emotion when faced with nature 'in the raw' can generate fear of the cause of such emotion and the desire to destroy it. Even naturalists and ecologists may express a respect for nature in theory which they do not hold to in practice, because of cultural models which dictate terror for the wolf, revulsion at snakes, nausea at sliminess and stickiness, and so on. The desire to tame or reduce the power of nature in response to such fears leads to artificial 'preservation' of nature in tourist-oriented parks and protected areas, where the multiple effects of the presence of humanity may be more destructive than leaving the area as it was previously. It may be considered as an 'apartheid' between man and nature, with nature in the inferior position, rather than an overall development in which agriculture and cultivation naturally coexist with rare species.
Claim:
Human attitudes towards nature are governed by an irreconcilable tension, between the thought of nature as an innocent refuge free from the corruption of human society and as the savage condition that civilisation escaped from.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
23.08.2001 – 00:00 CEST