The term ‘Mother Nature’ is often used without really giving a thought to what the words mean or how the expression came about. The first recorded use of the term ‘Mother Nature’, sometimes known as Mother Earth or the Earth-Mother, is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother.
The actual word “nature” comes from the Latin word, “natura”, meaning birth or character. In English its first recorded use, in the sense of the entirety of the phenomena of the world, was in 1266 A.D. “Natura”, and the personification of Mother Nature, was widely popular in the Middle Ages. As a concept, seated between the properly divine and the human, it can be traced to Ancient Greece, though Earth or “Eorthe”, in the Old English period it may have been personified as a goddess. The Norse also had a goddess called Jord or Earth.
I encourage you to watch the series of videos created by Conservation International. Actors like Julia Roberts talk as though they are a certain element of nature. This one focusing on Mother Nature is particularly powerful.
“Some call me Nature, others call me Mother Nature
I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years
Twenty-two thousand five hundred times longer than you
I don’t really need people but people need me
Yes, your future depends on me. When I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter or worse.
But I’ve been here for aeons
I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you
My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests…they all can take you or leave you
How you chose to live each day whether you regard or disregard me doesn’t really matter to me
One way or the other your actions will determine your fate not mine
I am nature, I will go on, I am prepared to evolve…Are you?”
Now watch the video and read the text again. Then try and tell me you don’t feel guilty about the way we are treating Mother Nature.
If Mother Nature isn’t healthy then humans won’t be healthy either. Nature is our home and if we don’t take care of it, it won’t take care of us.
For me I have always been in awe of Mother Nature and how it works. From a young age I would often catch myself day dreaming about how my body and mind worked. How could my mind store so much information. Wasn’t it incredible how my mind would send signals to multiple muscles throughout my body in an instant that would allow me to kick that ball through the rugby posts or more often off to the side. To this day I am in awe of nature as I get to learn more and more about it.
In these unprecedented times I hope that we, as a species, will garner more respect for the power of Mother Nature.