Its As Easy As Breathing

There was once a man having a hard time breathing so the man decides to go the doctor.  When he gets to the clinic, he tells the doctor, “Doctor, doctor, I’m really worried about my breathing!”  and the doctor replies “Don’t be – we’ll soon find something to stop it!”

When I heard this joke the wheels in my head got turning and a few thoughts came to my mind.  Not only did a few laughs pop out, but a few thoughts came to my head that are not laughing matters.  I love to breathe!  It is a habit that I have become accustomed to over the past twenty years, and without air I would not be able to live.  The favorite part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and head out to the front porch and take in a huge whiff of the outside air.  Not only does it wake me up but it makes me feel refreshed and alive in the morning.  This is where the main thought came to my mind.  Not only does the refreshing air make me feel alive, but it also keeps me alive. Continue reading


Private Property

While writing my free-form essay, I came across a lot of information that gave me ideas for my second formal essay.  I am really interested in the promotion of going ‘green’ that I feel our culture uses so often to advertise and sell different products and in the issue of owning land.  I am interested in the way that people try to control nature and the urge to take the complexity of today and relate it back to nature and the more ‘natural’ way of doing things.  But, I am not sure if this is too broad of a topic?

There are different ideas I plan on using to explain the control humans have over the natural environment.  The first is a book I found called Rights to Nature: Ecological, Economic, Cultural, and Political Principles of Instutions for the Environment, by Susan Hanna, Carl Folke, and Karl-Goran Maler.    This book is about how humans use nature and specifically talks about the procedures of rights, responsibilities, and rules that conduct and control the human use of the natural environment.  It discusses Continue reading

Man vs. Wild-erness

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
-Chuck Palahniuk

Human beings are shaped by their experiences, yet no two people perceive the same circumstance with equal result. Differences in perception lead in turn to differences in thought, action, and behavior; when two  personalities are brought together, conflict results. Conflict does not necessitate strife and discord, but can merely represent a summit of minds, a collusion of varying opinions. As Chuck Palahniuk states, “We learn so little from peace.” It is  when stressful situations strike that one can learn about themself, mature, and return the better for it. 

In pastoral literature, this developmental truth is no less ubiquitous. Despite the idyllic countryside setting that is typically associated with classical pastoral poems, such as in Virgil’s Eclogues, struggles abound. The standard ‘man vs. man’ conflict that typifies the rise of a hero or maturation of a protagonist in a literary epic is still present, but the calm quietude of nature adds another character to any pastoral scene. Continue reading