Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Is It Art?

September 14, 2010

The other day in my philosophy class we discussed art.  We had basically agreed that art was an attempt to communicate through the creation of something using visual, audio or other sensory experiences.

Then it was suggested that nature itself was art.  At first I thought that nature is often the inspiration for art, or the subject of art, but in itself, it is not art.  However, the more I thought of it I realized that maybe I was wrong.  Maybe it is art.  I found this to be an interesting concept, because normally we think of art as something created by humans.  Obviously, humans did not create the world.

God did.

So is the natural world a work of the Master Artist?  Does God seek to communicate something to us through the created world?

Yes, I think that I can accept that.  So yes,  nature is art.

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Why Go Ice Fishing?

March 3, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I took our Royal Ranger group ice fishing.  It was the first time in a long time that I had gone out myself.  I thought that it would be a good activity to introduce our rangers to, since we are supposed to give them a variety of activities in which to participate. 

We caught one, teeny, tiny, little fish, which we looked at briefly, and tossed back into the water.

The next week, I went out with a couple of guys and tried my luck at a different spot. 

I, again, caught nothing.  They caught a fair number..of teeny, tiny little fish, that were tossed back into the water.

The other night, another guy asked me about going out again, at yet a different lake.  I am wondering if I will be able to fit it into my schedule.

Why go ice fishing?

First, it’s great to be outdoors, even in the cold, on the ice.  There is something about being out on a lake in winter that will take your breath away.

Oh wait, maybe that’s just the cold! 

 No, there is a stillness that is just different from other things.  It must be experienced to be appreciated, and not everyone will appreciate it.

Secondly, there is the camaraderie of a shared activity.  The old, hunting, gathering, er..fishing, thing.  There is not a lot to do while you wait for a bite, so you talk about this and that.

Third, it is about hope.  Hope that down there in the dark waters, there is a fish that is going to take your bait, so that you can have the thrill of pulling the fish out of the water, a successful catch! 

Even if it is teeny, tiny.

When the thrill is gone, or the hope has died, it is time to go home.

Until the next time.