Thoreau: The “bean” example

I like Thoreau’s explanation in Hull’s Infinite Nature page 201 using a “bean” as an example. Growing a plant from a seed till it provides fruits is a lot of work. This process shows a humans connection with nature. We clean out fields to prepare the land for plantation, use fertilizers etc, according to Thoreau this attaches us to earth. At times we tend to forget that we are part of ecological system. For example Hull’ Infinite Nature pointed out that the beans grow not just for us but also for woodchucks, bears, birds, soil microbes and themselves. We depend on the “beans” and so are many other living and non living organisms. So human’s relationship with nature goes deeper than we can imagine.


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