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The Natural Culture: Perspectives on Creation

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Nature encompasses the fundamental phenomena of the physical world, revealing itself through inherent features. On the other hand, culture embodies the collective expressions of intellectual achievements, characterized by dynamic and unique elements.

Throughout history, nature has often been perceived as operating independently of human influence, as if humanity exists separate from it. This perspective suggests that our conscious existence does not align with the natural progression of events. However, every action or inaction, whether by humans or other entities, shapes the course of natural order. Nature, therefore, is not an autonomous element of our world but a collective creation influenced by myriad interactions.

The traditional view of nature as something outside or opposed to human creations has been reinforced by the rise of industrialization and modern technology. Yet, it's important to recognize that even the most sophisticated human creations, such as cellphones, are ultimately derived from natural elements like sand and minerals. Creation, in its essence, is intrinsic to nature, and all human creative endeavors are part of this natural continuum.

Furthermore, creation extends beyond tangible artifacts like paintings or machinery; it encompasses intangible elements like language, ritual, and custom. These diverse expressions are direct manifestations of human intellect and are deeply intertwined with the natural world.

Unfortunately, many indigenous cultures, which offer valuable insights into sustainable relationships with nature, are facing cultural erasure. Despite their vital contributions to harmonious living, their populations and environments are dwindling. This raises questions about whether certain understandings of this relationship are being deliberately withheld and how efforts can be made to bridge these divides.

Ultimately, when we observe nature coherently, we recognize that the culture of reality itself is a manifestation of nature. The interconnectedness present in nature is undeniable, and while the current relationship between nature and culture may be strained, it is not irreparable. Creation, whether in the form of tangible artifacts or intangible traditions, is inherent to both nature and culture, highlighting the potential for reconciliation and harmony between the two.

Creation is Nature, Culture is Creation.

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