Mother Nature - the IconEdit
The term Mother Nature is defined by the personification of nature as a feminine Being who is the guiding force of creation . The pure conceptualization of the term would identify that Mother Nature has given birth to plants and humans alike; allowing our co-existence, placing her as a mother figure to all of the Earth.
The movement and progression of cultures throughout the world has raised a wide variety of definitions of Mother Nature, naming the importance of the word to fit the time. The term Mother Nature has softened our hearts to the environment in which we live.
The Roots of Mother Nature's PowerEdit
The root of Mother Nature's power is personification. Nature gives... Nature needs... Nature knows... All of these are actions we've attached to the term Mother Nature which all possess a very feminine character to them.
The power culture has placed within the metaphysical being, Mother Nature, has been enigmatic, which will become evident as your venture further within the Mother Nature Wiki. The feminine character attached to Mother Nature has shaped the feelings and appreciation of nature as a nurturing entity for human’s needs of food, water and shelter for hundreds of generations.
European mythology is a great source to see the roots of Mother Nature. Goddesses, from Ceres to Flora, were worshipped in honor of their gifts - those same gifts more modern societies deemed to be the gifts of Mother Nature!
Mother Nature's gifts to humans strengthened our intimacy with nature, seeing it as a gift. In times when we've seen her evil side, her nurturing ways have given us faith that Earth is out to help us. Even in the face of the European Renaissance and the expansion of religion throughout the western hemisphere, the pureness of Mother Nature has allowed her co-existence with the Abrahamic God - deeming her second in command . Throughout time, this idea has led to strong naturalist movements, creating legislation and other public affairs aimed to hold us to our duty to protect her, much like kin would protect their own physical mother.
2) Williams, Raymond. 1980. “Ideas of Nature.” In Problems of Materialism and Culture, edited by R. Williams. London: Verso.