We embrace nature as we would a friend and we endeavor to make room for it to flourish even as we do. We do not view nature as a monolith nor as a system that is neatly and finitely categorized. It is life: the many amazing variants of a living force we have spent millenia trying to comprehend. Its mystery and magic are to be celebrated.
There are arguments that we shouldn’t use the word “nature,” that the word itself implies a distinction between nature and human culture. This is not a new idea. Martin Heidegger asked the complex and serious question: Can the willing of human venture beyond the nature of being? Unfortunately a yes or no answer won’t determine whether the “willing of human” is good. We are game for the debate, but the discussion will not halt our celebration of the cosmos that produced us. Lest we get lost in word, we offer the following to support our position: