I went to Wendover for my birthday and on the drive there I made an observation.
As we where driving I noticed walls along the freeway so you could not see the distant mountains. The streets where swept clean and tidy. When the view wasn’t obstructed there was a clear line where civilization ended and wilderness started.
The thought came to my head,”civilization seems to have the goal of disconnect from Nature”. I dwelled on this thought during the drive. Why was this? My thoughts seemed to drift to the episodes of Man Vs. Wild I have been getting into lately. The answer was that our survival and comfort strived off disconnect from nature. Since we lack fur to warm us during cold winters we must build shelters and wear clothing. Since we lack the stomach we must cook most of our food to sterilize it. Since we lack stability on all fours and our feet are not padded like other animals we must even out and soften the ground we walk on (sidewalks and grass). It occurred to me that disconnect from nature is necessary for the human race, and the reason we have been successful. We do not adapt to our surrounding, but make our surrounds adapt to us.
After dwelling on these thoughts the arguments I have herd from christens came back to me. “The world was created for us to have dominion over”; “It’s obvious that this universe was created by God. All you have to do is look at the beauty of the world”,”God created the world specifically for humans, we have everything we need”. And of course my favorite,” The banana”. These arguments seem almost laughable when you have an understanding of the Human ability to live in the wild.
The only reason this world seems perfect and adapted to Humans is because humans have adapted the world to themselves. And the next time I hear this argument I will be challenging the theist to live in the wilderness as a hermit for a couple months, then come back and tell me that again.