For instance, it kinda blows my mind that one can walk in a city and not see dirt or water. Think about it: The surface of the earth is pretty much nothing but dirt or water, yet one can go days? weeks? months? without seeing it in a way more meaningful than a potted plant. Unnatural nature.
But the trend of finding analogs for natural things (e.g. artificial flavors, tanning booths, computer backgrounds displaying some of the only natural scenery most people tend to see) or ways to box in or present “potted” versions of nature (e.g. a pet, a plant, the yearly walk through the park) is part of a larger issues, as I see it, of humans, while striving for efficiency, relying on cheap simulations of reality - and losing touch with so much of what makes life gritty and wonderful.
- realcleverscience (via thegreenurbanist)