The Battle between Humanity and Nature

The Battle between Humanity and Nature
In William Wordsworth?s poem, ?The World is Too Much with Us,? he is making a declaration about the struggle between nature and humanity. Wordsworth is well known for his description and love for nature and in, ?The World is Too Much With Us,? he entails us with his powerful feelings, obsession and longing for a much simpler time were humanity was not able to meddle so harshly with nature.
I believe that humanity and nature can and should live in harmony. In the poem Wordsworth states, ?Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers,? describes mankind destroying nature for progress unaware of their effect on the environment. Wordsworth believes humanity has the potential to harmonize with nature and even states are capability to do so as ?powers.? The money-oriented advance of mankind is described in the lines, ?We have given out hearts away, a sordid boom.? Humans as a whole are materialistic. Unfortunately, humanity is too self absorbed and materialistic to make an effort for the longevity of nature. As much as I try not to consume myself with material objects I always get drawn into buying something new and trendy. I think that people often times get caught up in money and expensive things. Everyday there is a different new invention to buy, often times at the expense of nature. The westernized, well feed, materialistic, freed and self absorbed society we live in, feeds are minds with the idea that we are never full.

Society will continue to annihilate the environment until finally there is nothing left if we continue on our streak. In the line, ?Little we see in Nature that is ours,? Wordsworth visualizes nature and humanity living together in accord as the ultimate goal. Humanity is the variable factor that must be changed, because nature is the weaker. Nature is naive and powerless being described as a ?sleeping flower,? against wicked mankind. I think mankind is also naïve, because we do not have any idea that we are destroying something when we buy a product. For example, for many years consumers of canned tuna fish were not aware dolphins were also caught in the nets used by the fisherman and killed as a result. While humanity will never stop in there quest for forward progress, Wordsworth believes that nature will eventually stop its own destruction. Wordsworth describes nature?s rebel and re-birth in the verses, ?Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.? Proteus was a sea god that could assume an array of shapes that can meet the variety of threats mankind might impose. The god Triton was the master of the sea which represents re-birth of the world, because water is a symbol of new beginnings. Triton and Proteus are Wordsworth hope for the great revolt nature must take against humanity.

I disagree with Wordsworth hope or belief that nature will make a final stance against mankind. I think the fight between humanity and nature can have two different outcomes: either humanity will final use up all the natural resources and the environment or realize the destruction on the environment and find a way to have a balance between nature and humanity. I have faith in humanity to find a balance and I think humanity has realized we are destroying the environment and has just begun to make efforts to preserve nature.

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