Ever since the day when the first primitive Human ancestor stood up on two legs and surveyed the world which would one day belong to His descendants, Man has been struggling to control his environment.
Nature has ever been a source of conflict and danger. Competition with other animals for food was the key to avoiding extinction. To eat and not be eaten, has always been a primary rule for survival.
Becoming a skilled hunter was important. Developing the skills to avoid becoming the prey was a good idea. Life is much easier if you live at the top of the food chain.
Humanity learned to insulate itself from some of the ravages of nature. Animal skins and other types of clothing helped Man to adapt to more extremes of climate and topography.
The Human Animal has always been inventive, utilizing the bounty of Nature to elevate Man over other competing species. Caves and trees as safe havens for shelter, bodies of water as boundary’s and barriers for protection, as well as a means of transportation.
Sticks and rocks made effective weapons in the hands of an upright bi-ped with an opposable thumb. With the evolution of expanding brain capacity, Humanity became the dominant species
on the Planet and was able to exert more and more control over His environment.
As his consciousness expanded, Man began to develop an awareness of himself as an individual entity. He was able to build relationships with his peers. He came to understand and become at peace with the natural environment which was his home.
The awareness of self existence was the beginning birth of the soul. The developing human was no longer a biped animal, but a Divine vessel for the spark of awareness.
Being able to think, to comprehend multiple ideas, to appreciate beauty as an abstract concept he was able to appreciate beauty for the sake of beauty.
He could look at a rock formation or a beautiful sunset and draw an image of what he sees on the wall of a cave.
Being able to appreciate and to verbalize the beauty of nature is truly the talent of man, and sets us apart from the lower species. This is what enables us to be alive, and not just to live.