The Exoticism of Nature
Some years back, upon learning about the “glamping” trend and the rise of other megalomaniac initiatives in the like, I felt the kind of rage that only art can mitigate: I digged out papers and books tackling the issues on the human race with and vs. nature (amongst them one of my personal favourites: Essay on Exoticism by anthropologist Victor Segalen) and got to work.
The same pride in our predatory tendencies which makes us feel so strong and handsome is in fact the biggest act of pathetic buffoonery I could ever think of: I can’t visualize a greater imbecility than conceiving of nature as different from ourselves. Yet we have managed to come to an even more decadent/perverse extreme: reducing nature to an amusement park of lumberjack shirts and selfie sticks.
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