Nature Retaliates

I was reading a blog post http://scienceline.org/2012/04/manhattan-the-next-atlantis/ (in case you want to check it out) and the statement was made; “we are not safe from the retaliation of which nature has already demonstrated itself capable.” and I got to thinking. Retaliation? Retaliation! Hmmmm. I really don’t think that Nature is going to retaliate against anything or anybody. I don’t think Nature notices us. That isn’t to say that humans have no effect on nature but this entity that is referred to as Nature is an abstract concept we use to make sense of the world. Using a word like ‘retaliate’ causes negative emotional responses from readers serving only in creating a frenzy in which people want to fight, against something, anything, each other. We can focus on an issue and discuss solutions without fear mongering. The truth is emotional enough.

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