Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Nature may be a well note literary conflict device, but we are proposing that it is also a pattern of belief that humanity is separate from nature and at odds with it. This belief influences how we interact with nature and how we see ourselves within (or without) the natural world.
How it Works
Is humanity part of the environment or are we separate from it? The belief that the natural environment is something to be used and conquered is core to this pattern. The way that people view nature is largely simplistic and based on moral and/or religious values. Many religions that teach that nature is separate from humanity and is there for the use of people lead people toward the viewpoint of being at odds with nature. These beliefs control how they interact with nature, to a large extent.
This sort of Humanity Vs. Nature situation has led to the degradation of the delicate balance of natural systems that cannot be easily replenished. With a growing population the need for natural resources are rising, but in 1st world countries the amount of resources a single person can consume significantly outweighs the amount of resources a person living in the third world would.
As long as humanity-at-large sees itself as separate from the natural environment this degradation will likely continue.
- Clayton, Susan, and Gene Myers. Conservation psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. John Wiley & Sons, 2011. pg. 11 -12