Experiencing Grand Nature


Yesterday, me and the group visited American Museum of Natural History. On our way to the museum, I belatedly realized that I didn’t bring my metro card in the subway, (again), so I had to go back to dorm and headed to the museum by myself. It feels frustrating when I keep making same mistakes. Some stuffs are always missing. I tend to be  forgetful, but the symptoms became worse after  in New York. It seems that hectic atmosphere, busy schedule and obsession to adjust to new environment make me completely besotted  sometimes. Hope that free time in Thursday would make me recover and refresh my senses.

Anyway, back to the point, American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and innovative natural history museum in the world. Whereas the Met museum showed human-made collections, Museum of Natural History displayed nature-made collections. I felt so much awe for Mother Nature, so different feelings from the impression that I’ve got from the Met museum. In dinosaur sections, I could not believe my eyes that the fossils are real ones. Space section was the most interesting part for me. In front of grand nature and cosmos, human beings descend to be mere, incompetent creature. Allegedly, lots of astronomers commit suicide after realizing vanity of human mortality, that human beings are nothing more than dust compared to an infinite universe. It is commonly known that scientists are not likely to have religions. But I remember one of my friend told me that many biologists starts to believe in gods after finding out that only the existence of god can explain the law of nature. The more we study, the more mysteries we encounter. This has been bringing emotions of nihilism to many scholars.

However, human curiosity motivates us to develop further researches and studies. That’s why human beings have never stopped progressing no matter how grand nature may frustrate us. Furthermore, we try to record our studies and preserve this knowledges through establishing museums. Truly, museum can be the greatest teacher rather than any other textbooks or classrooms.

The following quotes are from Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the US, inscribed inside the Roosevelt Memorial rotunda at the museum;  I brought 3 impressive ones.

” There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.

Conservation means development as much as it does protection”



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3 responses to “Experiencing Grand Nature

  1. This is my favorite post of yours, KeeYoung. I don’t know if you realized it, but your description of the chaos you face (at the beginning of the post) really fits well with your descriptions of the museum and humanity’s relationship to nature. This is a thoughtful post!

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