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The Otherness of Nature When people think of nature they are usually thinking of the wonder beauty magnificence goodness of it all What about the downside Do people ever stop and think about the other facets of nature The truth is they usually dont Nobody thinks about the so-called otherness of nature They dont think about hurricanes tornadoes tsunamis and other such problems that we face It is too frightening unpleasant and in many ways too difficult to comprehend Also it is clearly not something anyone would consciously choose to ponder because in most instances it is not something anyone can control This so-called otherness of nature deals with the darker side of nature This aspect of nature for some causes distress confusion and even revulsion as stated in Chapter 1 of Being in the World An Environmental Reader for Writers by Scott H Slovic and Terell F Dixon It deals with many aspects of nature that we all choose to think never occurs or happens to other people Some examples of these include hurricanes tornadoes earthquakes volcanic eruptions forest fires tsunamis and floods which all tear up families and homes and sometimes even a whole town We all know that all of these things occur but we choose to ignore them until it happens to us Animals killing and eating other animals to survive are also aspects of nature that we know of but it seems normal to us It is a part of the food chain that we could not live without If it was gone then the food chain would be completely destroyed Who among us doesnt cringe at the thought of hurricanes such as Floyd and Dennis They have eyes as much as 100 miles wide and gale force winds as much as 150 miles per hour and they barrel up the eastern seaboard causing major property damage uncontrollable flooding power outages and devastating death
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