We live, simultaneously, in two different worlds. We live in the world of Nature, upon which we are ultimately dependent, and we most immediately inhabit a human world, which we have created ourselves. I hope, in this blog, to explore the interaction of these two worlds that we call home.
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition, and earthly nature, for all we know, may be unique in the universe in providing human beings with a habitat in which they can move and breathe without effort and without artifice. The human artifice of the world separates human existence from all mere animal environment, but life itself is outside this artificial world, and through life man remains related to all other living organisms. For some time now, a great many scientific endeavors have been directed toward making life also "artificial," toward cutting the last tie through which even man belongs among the children of nature.
- Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition (1958)