“Today, the word ‘natural’ has any number of meanings.” (Janaro & Altshuler, p. 409)
One would find this statement to be quite true. For example, there is a “natural professional”. A natural professional is considered to be someone who proved to have a lot of talent at what they are doing from the moment they started to learn how to do it. Another instance could also be “natural fruit”. Natural fruit would happen to be fruit that was grown and picked from, well, nature. They very definition of the word “natural” has seen many changes over the centuries. For example, during the time Shakespeare was around, humanity and nature were considered separate things, and humans should not meddle with nature.
“Nature is, and has always been, a central element in much art created in Asia-China, Japan, the Indian subcontinent.” (Janaro & Altshuler, p. 415)
This is something that does not take too long at all to realize. Think about all of the famous artwork that you have seen in your life. Now think about the Asian portion of all that. You will quickly find that many of this artwork will feature nature in it. For example, there is the well-known artwork created in the 19th century known as The Great Wave off Kanagawa. This artwork, as anyone would be able to tell pretty quickly, was based on something from nature, in this case the waves. This is just one example, there are plenty more to be found if you go out and look.
“Since well before written history, humankind has been leaving its mark on the natural world.” (Janaro & Altshuler, p. 421)
When you think about, this statement turns out to be full or truth. One mark people have left on the natural world would happen to be cave drawings. This would happen to be pieces of art that were crafted by people long ago by those who were living in caves. Another mark people have left on the natural world would happen to be a little something called totem poles. Totem poles are long, tall structures that are used to show history or tell a story. They are put in places where the people who created them felt like were the right place for them to be in.
To conclude, this chapter will give whoever happens to read it a nice, thorough picture of what nature is all about. While someone may know a lot about nature going in, there is a strong chance they will come out knowing plenty more.
Janaro, R. P., & Altshuler, T. C. (2017). The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living. Boston, MA: Pearson
Picture of Landscape: (RedBull Blog (2015). https://www.redbull.com/int-en/10-natural-bridges-that-ll-give-you-wanderlust-red-bull
Picture of Tree: (MinnesotaMonthly Blog (2015). https://www.minnesotamonthly.com/arts-entertainment/mias-homegrown-asian-art-collection-multiplies/
Picture of Cave Drawing: (Frontiersin Blog (2018). https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/03/07/language-cave-art-mit/