human relationship to nature

Acceptance does not mean much until it involves understanding. It is only as I understand the feelings and thoughts which seem so horrible to you, or so weak, or so sentimental, or so bizarre – it is only as I see them as you see them, and accept them and you, that you feel really free to explore all the hidden nooks and frightening crannies of your inner and often buried experience.
—  Carl Rogers


“ I am traveling the world, falling in love with each landscape and capturing birds in its real ecosystem.”

  • “Diana Beltran Herrera (b. 1987, Colombia) is a designer and artist that has been working over the past years with ordinary materials as wire, cardboard, plastic, and paper, the primary medium in the production of her work. After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota, Colombia) in 2010, Herrera decided to pursue design as an experimental practice, researching daily about different materials that exist around us and are present in our everyday lives. For Herrera, there is a considerable distance in the relationship between human and nature, and throughout her work, she aims to repair this relation by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten. Her work is presented as a resistance of time. Her sculptures portray the ideal state of a thing and also act like a model of representation of a reality that doesnt suffer any change.”

all images ©diana  beltran herrera


These creation myths establish very different relationships between humans and nature.

Saw this the other day but Tumblr crashed before I could repost. Luckily I had saved the image to my phone.

I feel like, at this point, I would definitely define what R, F, and I do as “Hierarchical Polyamory.”

EDIT: Wow. Who knew someone else’s work would become my most popular post? Also! As is the nature of human relationships, this has somewhat changed for R, F, and I. I feel I’ve moved toward a more equal relationship with each of them so I guess we’re more “Egalitarian Polyamory” now.

EDIT 2: I’ve been called out for posting someone else’s work. As I mentioned in the original posting, I wasn’t able to reblog. And I’ve never claimed this image as my own. I should have taken the time before now, of course, to give credit where it is due but I have been unable to find the artist or the original poster. The artist’s copyright is clearly visible on the lower left-hand corner of the image. If you are able to find their Tumblr or personal website, by all means let me know, I would love to link them.

anonymous asked:

In what way is Harry the right person for Ginny? I always got the feeling that he fell in love with her facade of coolness, not the real girl. (Also, he didn't learn anything from his disastrous relationship with Cho, which fell apart because Cho was in too much pain to be fun, and Harry was in too much pain to be considerate of anyone else's feelings.)

Here are some of the ways in which Ginny and Harry fit together: 

  • Humour: they enjoy the same kind of humour - dry, cutting and sarcastic. Also, since Ginny is one of the funnier characters of the series, Harry likes that, especially since he relies very much on humour to get him through difficult situations. Harry craves laughter and humour “But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them much more than usual before long.” - Goblet of Fire, p.635. Which is part of the reason why Ginny is definitely a much better romantic companion - because she shares his sense of humour, which is very important in a romantic relationship. Also, look at the way they play off each other, particularly in the tattoo conversation. It is very natural and free flowing.
  • Physical attraction: I wrote about it above. Even when younger, Harry does take appearance of Ginny’s appearance. For example, to name just a few times where this happens, in CoS Ginny is “glowing like the setting sun” and she “blushes to the roots of her flaming hair”. She has “bright brown eyes”. Her hair is described as being “a long mane of red hair”. Even when Ginny is arguably being described neutrally, here in GoF, it’s an opposition to Hermione. In GoF, when Harry sees Hermione and Ginny coming down the stairs of the Burrow, Hermione is described as having “very bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth” while Ginny is described as being “small and red-haired”. And the thing is, you do need physical attraction to spark off a romantic relationship. If you deny this you deny human nature. 
  • Love for Quidditch: It is something that they can bond very strongly over it as well as it definitely being alluded to more than a few times in the series (even in OotP, before their relationship begins). It is about the similar passion for the game.
  • Similar experiences with Voldemort: they do talk about it, particularly in OotP, HBP and DH. A few times, but still, what’s represented on-page is not necessarily the case off-page. Sure, one may look at these few conversations and say, that’s not a lot of conversation they’ve been having. But let’s put it this way: is every conversation between every single character in the books? Of course not. What we are debating about is why their characters fit together, not the way it was written. Also, linked to this of course one of the controversial moments of their relationship is when Harry’s break up with her in the end of HBP. But that just signals why they work so well together. Even if Ginny personally disagreed with the reasons for which he was doing it, she understood it and accepted it.
  • Anti-authoritarianism and individualism: their characters are anti-authoritarian, in contrast to someone like Hermione or to a lesser extent Ron. Both Harry and Ginny have a very individualist and anti-authoritarian streak, Harry from his time at the Dursleys, Ginny from the standards her family (particularly her brothers and her mother) push on her.
Rivalry More Like Sexual Tension, or The Jalph Essay

I wrote this mess for my English class and turned it in enjoy

The concept of human relationships has existed for thousands of years, yet still continues to fascinate people in real life and in literature. There are several types of relationships but all vary in form and habitually appear in unexpected places. In William Golding’s 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of boys crash land on a remote island and are forced to form their own society while waiting for rescue. Throughout the book, two of the main characters, Jack and Ralph, share an unusual connection constantly ranging from more than friendly liking to sexual tension to unrequited feelings. Their relationship culminates in a bitter power struggle ultimately causing the downfall of an attachment which could have evolved far beyond its final destination. Jack and Ralph are an ill-fated young couple who illustrate the effects of a certain aspect of human nature- the survival instinct- on interpersonal relationships.

Jack and Ralph originally have an amount of chemistry going beyond what is considered “friendly.” When they first meet, they look at each other with “a shy liking” (23). Both boys, specifically Ralph, prove themselves completely comfortable around others, yet once they interact with each other, they suddenly become shy. Although most of their association bases on emotional rather than physical attraction, Ralph briefly demonstrates how impressed he is by Jack during their first meeting; “[Jack’s] grey shorts were sticking to him with sweat. Ralph glanced at them admiringly,” (23). Jack and Ralph have outgoing, commanding personalities, and from the beginning they seem evenly matched, with plenty of potential for evolution. For the first few weeks, they tend to fumble, blush, and stutter their way through conversations with each other. Eventually, they establish a cooperative bond which consists of Jack leading the hunters and serving as a confidence booster for Ralph, while Ralph leads the government and keeps Jack in check to the best of his ability. The connection between the boys continues to develop as they spend more time together. Although their ideologies differ, the situation has not yet become dire. They mostly have the same goal of keeping the rules intact, and Jack still respects Ralph, as stated by Piggy. “You’re all right- he respects you” (93). For his part, Ralph holds Jack in high esteem, even thinking Jack Merridew the person is equal to the high status of chief (93). Part of Ralph’s character includes valuing people over power, which leaves him confused and shattered after Jack, motivated by a thirst for power, finally breaks off to start his own tribe.

The departure of Jack from the main tribe and the formation of a new dictatorship drastically alters the bond between Jack and Ralph and stretches their relationship past the breaking point. Immediately following Jack’s split from the group, Ralph is devastated. He sits in the same spot the rest of the day, ignores people when they talk to him, and repeats “He’ll come back. When the sun goes down, he’ll come,” (128). Ralph, always the optimistic one on the topic of rescue, says to Piggy, “There’s no help, Piggy. Nothing to be done” (128). Only when offered food and comforted by his friends does he perk up, and eventually Ralph becomes more reliant on Piggy the way he was on Jack. Although the closer friendship with Piggy helps Ralph, the dynamic has shifted. Piggy never becomes a true replacement for Jack, and Ralph’s feelings for Piggy remain platonic. More interesting still is Ralph’s excusing of Simon’s murder and Piggy’s stolen glasses.When the four boys go to Castle Rock in an attempt to recover the glasses, Ralph’s priority is on possibly talking it out rather than going by force. While fighting, he holds back for a time, and after Samneric’s capture, he still tries to appeal to Jack’s “better side,” despite its uselessness. “Ralph cried out hopelessly against the black and green mask, ‘Jack!’” (179) It takes Piggy’s death and Jack stabbing Ralph with a spear for Ralph to finally realize there is no hope of bringing Jack back to the rational side. Though a logical person, Ralph is not immune to the effects of emotion blindsiding him, and his continued feelings toward Jack allow him to hold on to the idea Jack might be above killing him, even after the events of Castle Rock. Ralph never quite abandons his side of the “indefinable connection between himself and Jack” (184). Like before, Ralph mostly appears confused over what he did to agitate Jack so greatly. He says to Samneric: “What have I done? I liked him-and I wanted us to be rescued” (188) after they tell him of Jack’s plan to hunt and kill. Jack and Ralph had a connection deeper than a mere power struggle or usual friendship, but their relationship follows the same downwards path as human nature throughout the novel.

Despite their potential, Jack and Ralph’s relationship falls apart due to a key part of human nature and the survival instinct. The factors composing the instinct include brutal selfishness which allows the person to eliminate any obstacle to survival. These obstacles include, but not limited to, pain, moral values, or even people and objects the survivor once considered valuable. The survival instinct served a critical role in destroying Jack and Ralph’s conceivable relationship. As displayed through his behavior and attitude, Jack’s instinct kicked in much earlier than Ralph’s. While Ralph manages to stay rational and calm for the majority of the time on the island, Jack falls prey to inner brutality and greed. Their ideas of what defines survival differ as well. Jack’s definition is being chief, ruling with complete power, and staying on the island. As a result of his power desire, Jack stops seeing Ralph as a person; instead, he views him as an opponent on his course to survival. From the point on, the survival instinct takes control and negates most attraction he has toward Ralph in favor of overthrowing the latter’s chiefship. Not all feeling vanishes immediately, as Jack doesn’t try to eliminate Ralph despite given opportunities, such as the late night raid on Ralph’s camp and the fight at Castle Rock. But once Ralph’s resources are completely nullified, Jack sees his chance and goes in for the final kill, effectively ending any remaining sentiment he had for Ralph.  Ralph’s definition of survival, on the other hand, is a cooperative relationship and rescue. His more rational outlook keep the more primal part of the survival instinct from factoring into his decision making, therefore harboring affection toward Jack for longer. He continues to see Jack as a reasonable person for the majority of the novel; however, the instinct finally takes effect in the last chapter and shreds most feelings to ribbons. After Ralph, on the run from the tribe, has lost everything, he stops seeing “the savages,” as he calls his former tribe mates, as humans and does not hesitate to hurt them as they become his greatest survival obstacles (195). Interestingly enough, he continues to refer to Jack by name, and does not address him as “the chief” as everyone else does, as if making one last effort to convince himself Jack is somehow still human. Only once the arrival of the naval ship guarantees Ralph safety does he stop calling him by name, instead identifying him as “a little boy” (201). While it could be argued the rescue officially ends whatever last shreds of connection remain between Jack and Ralph, “boy” is a distinctly human classification, signifying Ralph still sees Jack as human to some extent; therefore, the bond may not have completely died. Even so, distancing himself from Jack and never seeing him again once they return home would be the rational choice. Ralph has proved a logical thinker, and human and good are not synonymous. However, an experience such as the one they have both gone through leaves lasting scars, and it proves nearly impossible to imagine Ralph ever fully leaving behind Jack Merridew.

While the survival instinct is not inherently dark or light, it can tear apart or neutralize any potential compatibility, as previously discussed. From their initial meeting, Jack and Ralph created a connection plausibly crossing from friendship into a romantic relationship. Yet, once the survival instinct takes hold, the relationship swiftly deteriorates to a one-sided attachment and ends with next to nothing. The descending spiral between Jack and Ralph depicts the ramifications of a part of human nature and the disastrous result on personal relationships.

Name: Paul Battenberg-Cartwright

My work is an investigation into rituals and religious practices, inspired by my Celtic roots and ancestry, as well as the notion of ‘home’ - a feeling that as an outsider in a  foreign country has a strong impact upon me. My pictures take the notion of 'home’ to a primitive and natural level; reflecting upon the human body’s relationship to the natural world and to mankind’s relationship with nature itself. This fascination with the natural world is a lasting inspiration in all my work; Born in a coastal region of South England, the violent forces of nature, particularly the ocean, have always played a strong part upon my imagination and practice.

More work at

The Results Are In!

The date and theme for ColdWestAllen Week Spring 2017 have been decided! The week will run from:

Monday, May 8th - Sunday, May 14th

The chosen theme is: 

Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Heavenly Virtues

The beauty of ColdWestAllen has always been the push and pull between virtue and sin. Explore either contrasting value, or take a stab at using both. It’s up to you to explore the good and the bad of human nature, and how that affects their relationship. 

The prompts break down as follows: 

Day One - Lust/Chastity

Be it a porn star AU, a succubus/incubus creature fic, or exploring your favourite virginity headcanon, lust and chastity are fun prompts to run with. Anything rating from General Audiences to Explicit are free to explore. Not comfortable with sex? Try writing about bloodlust or lust for power instead!

Day Two - Pride/Humility

On the one hand, pride in orientation, cultural heritage and personal accomplishments are all positive things, while pride can also speak to being stubborn and closing yourself off from others. Explore humility in the face of great admiration like having a city-wide holiday and a drink named after you

Day Three - Gluttony/Temperance

Does Barry’s accelerated metabolism have him eating them out of house and home? Is Iris having strange pregnancy cravings? Has Len given up drinking, or maybe eating sweets? Gluttony and temperance speak to food and drink, but also consider overindulgence and restraint in other areas like Netflix binges or material possession. 

Day Four - Envy/Kindness

Does Len envy Iris for being with Barry? Does Barry envy Len’s confidence and poise? Does Iris show kindness to Len when he’s brought back “to life/to the present” and struggling to find his place? Do they take a teenage runaway into their home? It’s up to you!

Day Five - Sloth/Diligence

The perfect time for lazy mornings in bed, laid back beach vacations, or if you’re really cheeky, visiting sloths at the zoo. Diligence, on the other hand, might mean working together to solve a meta problem, or helping Iris run down a story. 

Day Six - Greed/Charity

Len may seem to go hand in hand with greed, but Iris and Barry can be greedy too – for time, affection, attention. Maybe try an AU where Barry volunteers at a non-profit, or Iris tracks Len down by investigation a string of suspicious charitable donations. 

Day Seven - Wrath/Patience

Another great opportunity for a creature fic – werewolves, furies, vengeance demons, you name it! Or explore the repressed anger Barry, Iris, and Len all share from complicated childhoods. Test their patience with long lines at the DMV, ignorant bigots attacking their relationship, or a mischievous toddler who won’t go to bed

Any questions about the dates, the prompts, or the event itself that aren’t covered in the faq can be directed here. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Creating! 

anonymous asked:

I saw te breakdown yandere and it got me wondering, how do you think Knockout would be as a yandere?

Knockout (Transformers: Prime)

A less chill yandere. Where are you going? Who are you going with? He needs to know where you are at all times.

If he deems someone a nuisance- given they aren’t his superiors- he’ll request Breakdown take care of them. Can’t have his finish ruined, now, can he? Of course, if someone is /really/ bothering him/you, he’ll get Personal with it.

Has to have your attention almost all the time. Not really /clingy/- he knows when to back off- but when he doesn’t have to, he’ll hold conversations with you to keep your attention on him. Gets annoyed when someone interrupts you two.

Not above kidnapping you, if you’re human. He prefers trying to get the relationship going along naturally- he’s a stunning Decepticon, how could you not fall for him?- but if he feels like someone’s taking you away from him, you’ll be on the Nemesis before you know it.

Name: Paul Battenberg-Cartwright

My work is an investigation into rituals and religious practices, inspired by my Celtic roots and ancestry, as well as the notion of ‘home’ - a feeling that as an outsider in a  foreign country has a strong impact upon me. My pictures take the notion of 'home’ to a primitive and natural level; reflecting upon the human body’s relationship to the natural world and to mankind’s relationship with nature itself. This fascination with the natural world is a lasting inspiration in all my work; Born in a coastal region of South England, the violent forces of nature, particularly the ocean, have always played a strong part upon my imagination and practice.

More work at

I know it’s human nature that the closer we get to one-another – the more of me you want to see… But sometimes it feels like the more of myself I show you, the less of me you’re really seeing.
It’s like a riddle with no answer, a never ending problem, a perpetual cycle from which there is no escape.
Don’t you know that my body isn’t who I am…?
It’s like you’re racing to get to a finish line but you’re going the wrong way. Who I am is in the conversations we have and the quiet little pauses between them. There are traces of her in the little things I do for you and she dances whenever I laugh.
She hides herself a lot… but secretly I think she wants to be found. If you want to see her you have to look for her but she’s not beneath my clothing – that’s not who I am, and the more you look there the more she will hide herself from you.
Who I am takes time. Who I am takes a building of trust and the knowledge that this is all not just a prelude to something purely physical… because none of that interests me, that’s common and I can get that anywhere… But a real connection with someone who actually sees ‘me’… that’s the rarest thing on earth…

Traditional & Ceremonial Pagan Costumes of Europe Photographer Charles Freger has spent many years roaming around Europe to take pictures of costumes from Pagan rituals. The series, entitled “Wilder Mann,” inspires “images of an older, wilder and more tribal Europe, filled with wild beasts, bonfires and pagan gods.” The tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive nowadays. This seems to represent the complicated relationship humans have with nature.

MY FRIEND pictures it this way:
leaving is inevitable
it’s the natural state of human relationships
we don’t get to choose who we meet,
the same way,
we don’t get to choose who stays in our lives
people come and go
just to leave small trails behind.

MY MOM pictures it this way:
leaving is part of growing
part of unlinking ourselves from things
it’s part of being a child, a teen, an adult
it’s beginning new phases
and realizing who’ll be there for a longer time
and you’ll be thinking, in the future,
“I’m glad they’re with me right now.”

MY AUNT pictures it this way:
leaving is something metaphorical
because the memories you create with someone
will be part of them for their lifetime
no matter how good they might be
no matter how bad they might be
a laugh, anger, shock, tears
is something you’ll never be able to deprive someone of.

I picture it this way:
leaving is a reality
is something we’ll eventually face and go through
if you truly love someone,
no matter what it may cost you,
no matter what the difficulties might be,
you can always find a way
to be there for them.

—  because I really wish certain people were by my side today. (m.d, 22.1.2017)

While maybe some of the sentiment behind this is okay… This is fucking bullshit.

Men are not born to pursue women. That is how society has trained them to be. Women are “prizes” and that is the patriarchal societies fault. Not being born. It’s not human nature.

A relationship should be two way unless you like it the other way. Pursuing a guy does not mean he is not interested. It could just mean he’s not an entitled asshole. Some won’t make advances until they know the girl is comfortable with it? It’s a two way street.

Like yeah, it shouldn’t be one person doing all the stuff… On either side.. Unless both parties want it that way.

Is anyone else kind of very uncomfortable with this post? Blech. I can’t even formulate all the words to describe why this is gross. Feel free to add on.

I just really don’t like how this is acting like women are supposed to be passive.