This reminds me of Michael Pollan's Second Nature, which points out that the typical metaphors for nature about about either virginity (untouched nature) or rape (a tremendous amount about industrialization-- for reasons which are unclear to me, the damage done to nature or people by war is typically not compared to rape*). Pollan suggests the relationship between nature is more reasonably viewed as a rather grumpy marriage, which seems reasonable to me.
*It seems to me that war is frequently left out of both moral and financial accounting. It's as though it's a separate magisterium. The situation is changing toward war being judged by the standards of ordinary life, but it certainly hasn't gone all the way.
Link thanks to andrewducker.
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