The Wisdom of Nature

Looking to nature, we can find the imprint of the divine. (Denis Belitsky/Shutterstock)

The Wisdom of Nature

The way of the natural world can give us guidance for our human lives
By Tatiana Denning
September 13, 2021 Updated: September 14, 2021

 

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” —John Muir

Ah, nature. It’s a balm for the spirit and an education for the soul.

It has nurtured a wealth of poetry and literature, inspired some of the most treasured works of art, and moved musicians to create soul-stirring compositions.

Take Beethoven, for example, who is said to have developed a love of nature in his youth, enjoying strolls along the Rhine River with his father. Despite losing his mother at a young age, having a father who was an alcoholic, and starting to lose his hearing at the age of 28, Beethoven created some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known—with nature often acting as his inspiration. Nature spoke, and Beethoven listened, translating what he heard into music.

“No one can love the country as much as I do,” he said. “For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.”

Nature nourishes the soul, inspires us to dream, and grants us a nightly magical wish upon a star.

As Haruki Murakami said, “Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.”

Yet when its inescapable fury manifests, nature can humble us, instilling a sense of awe and respect. Despite technological advancements, modern science can only understand nature in small parcels and points—its immense intertwined complexity is beyond our ability to quantify or control.

Nature’s beauty and power also contain valuable lessons.

Going With the Flow

Nature has its own rhythm, its own ebb and flow. Everything is accomplished in just the way it should be and at just the right time. It exists in a state of interconnectedness and interdependence, and every cell and molecule has a role to play.

As Blaise Pascal said, “The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”

Nature moves in cascades, with each element impacting the next. And should any one thing fail to fulfill its role, the whole will be affected.

Nature doesn’t resist, nor does it look for the easy way out. It’s simple and effortless, existing in a state of ease and harmony with the universe. We see examples of this wherever we look, from the migration of birds with the change of seasons to the babbling brook meandering along its destined path.

Our lives also have a path that naturally unfolds before us. When we find ourselves complaining, wishing things were different, and fighting to make things go a certain way, we might be missing the best course available to us. When we can’t accept our life as it is, we misalign ourselves with reality. The first step in charting a prosperous course is to seek harmony with the way things are.

Of course, there are times when something is truly wrong. And just as the mother bear will challenge any threat to her cubs, there are times when we must resist deadly infringement. And just as there are times when the weather grows too hot and the leaves wither, there are times we’ll suffer and must endure. But if we find ourselves in a state of steady resentment, we may be seeking conflict instead of cooperation.

The things we push will push back against us. While we may appear to be in conflict with the outside world, often we’re really in conflict with ourselves.

When we understand that the things we encounter can help us grow, our fear, resistance, and urge to control can transform into faith, trust, and surrender. Our hearts can become lighter, and we can find calm acceptance and gratitude.

Change Is a Part of Life

Change is inevitable and impossible to avoid. It’s a constant in nature and ubiquitous: Day gives way to night, summer gives way to fall, and the clouds give way to the sun.

Just as the caterpillar changes into a butterfly and water can become vapor or ice, we, too, are ever-changing, through infancy, to adulthood, and into old age.

Lao Tzu said, “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

Fear of change, as Lao Tzu pointed out, can interfere with our progress. Rather than fearing and resenting change, if we can engage it with interest and something we can expect, it can engage us with life.

Because things are ever-changing, it’s a waste of energy to try to resist. To attach ourselves to anything as it currently exists is foolhardy. Nothing stays unchanged and nothing lasts forever—whether it be a house, the stars in the sky, or who we are at this moment.

Only by letting go and accepting change are we free to learn and grow. Being tied to things as they are will only keep us mired in misery, and act as a weight to prevent us from elevating. Though we aren’t granted foresight, what we fear letting go of may actually be replaced by something more wonderful.

As Chuang Tzu (another famous Daoist) once said, “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

Hardships Make Us Stronger

Hardships come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Things in nature must endure their own form of hardship, as spring gives way to winter, or a storm destroys everything in its path. Despite such hardship, nature doesn’t complain, nor does it give up. It pushes through, and before long, the first blade of grass appears, in an act of perseverance.

Nature doesn’t try to avoid difficulties, nor does it force things to go its own way. Even in a storm, the willow tree doesn’t resist the harsh winds—it bends, but doesn’t break—it’s flexible and resilient. It lives in the moment, accepts the challenge, and rises up to meet it.

Like the willow, we must persevere. And most importantly, we must look for the lesson and opportunity to grow.

As counselor Craig Lounsbrough said, “Without mountains, we might find ourselves relieved that we can avoid the pain of the ascent, but we will forever miss the thrill of the summit. And in such a terribly scandalous trade-off, it is the absence of pain that becomes the thief of life.”

As we encounter hardship, we’re tempered. We learn how to endure, be patient, and have tolerance. We learn adaptability and resilience, we grow stronger, and we learn gratitude. We learn that, without the storm, we wouldn’t appreciate the calm.

Though it may take time to see it, there’s always something profoundly positive in any hardship. And as the saying goes, it’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

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Girl Born With Two-Thirds of Her Brain Missing and No Eyeballs Defies Doctors’ Predictions

(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Girl Born With Two-Thirds of Her Brain Missing and No Eyeballs Defies Doctors’ Predictions

January 19, 2021 Updated: January 19, 2021

Upon hearing that their unborn baby daughter had enlarged ventricles in her skull and was missing two-thirds of her brain, parents Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew refused an abortion, firmly believing that God was in charge of their daughter’s destiny. Their little child, who was given a 1 percent chance of being born alive, defied the odds and now almost three years later is a living miracle.

Native Arizonian and stay-at-home mom Lorraine, and her auto technician husband, Brian, from California, made their home together in Tucson, Arizona. Both 38, the couple has six children, ranging in age from 9 months to 20 years old.

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

When Lorraine was five months pregnant with Eleanor, the couple learned their baby girl was missing two-thirds of her brain matter. “We asked the doctors if there was any chance her brain could grow more but were told confidently that the ‘die was already cast,’” Lorraine told The Epoch Times via email.

Doctors recommended an abortion.

“They were so sure she would die that they had us set up with a special grieving program at the hospital,” Lorraine recalled. “They even recorded her heartbeat in utero for us, and put it in a teddy bear for us to keep as a memento!”

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Describing the prospect of abortion as “unthinkable,” Lorraine and Brian declined.

While an ultrasound confirmed that Eleanor’s vital organs were functioning normally, her brain malformation was severe. At 33 weeks, a fetal MRI added new insight: She also had no eyeballs or optic nerves. Doctors even gave Eleanor a 1 percent chance of being born alive.

“We already loved her and had been praying for great things for her life,” said Lorraine. “We felt so completely hopeless.” However, she and her husband, both Christians, found strength in prayer.

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Eleanor came into the world on April 13, 2018, and was delivered via cesarean section at 37 weeks due to the fluid enlarging her head. For the couple, seeing Eleanor for the first time was one of the scariest moments of their lives, according to the mom of six.

“We suddenly saw this little baby being carried to a little table, who was not moving, had a very large head, no eyes, and had yet to take her first breath,” Lorraine remembered. When Eleanor finally gasped for air, the couple rejoiced and cried.

“Honestly, even though her head was so shockingly large, my first thoughts were just about how beautiful she was,” Lorraine recalled upon seeing her daughter for the first time. “I was so grateful that she was alive and I could hold her in my arms.”

Eleanor, who had heard Brian’s voice while she was in the womb, even acknowledged her father in the NICU by turning her head.

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Eleanor had received four official diagnoses after her birth, all of them rare, and none of them related.

Her main diagnosis before and during the birth was holoprosencephaly, a rare malformation affecting 1 in 16,000 babies born alive (most with the condition don’t survive), in which the brain fails to divide into two hemispheres.

Schizencephaly was the second-rarest brain malformation in the world, which meant Eleanor was missing a portion of her brain; and at birth, Eleanor was missing two-thirds of her brain.

She had hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain,” a condition affecting 1 in 1,000, and will have a brain shunt for the rest of her life to drain the extra fluid.

Her final diagnosis, bilateral anophthalmia, affects 1 in 100,000, which means Eleanor has eye sockets but was born with no eyeballs. Also missing her optic nerves, she has zero light perception.

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Yet by the time she was 4 months old, Eleanor had already overcome one major prognosis: Her brain matter had grown substantially, a miracle for which, said her mother, there is no medical explanation.

Today, Eleanor is two-and-a-half years old and is “doing great.” Lorraine and Brian maintain a website, Faith For Eleanor, to share updates on their daughter’s remarkable progress.

“They expected her to have seizures because of her brain abnormalities, but she’s never had one,” Lorraine told The Epoch Times. “She is super happy and joyful. She loves playing with her siblings, listening to music, and swimming in the pool with her floatie.”

Brian, a musician in a band named Brian Justice Music, delights his daughter with his original songs.

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

“[Eleanor] cannot walk yet, but she can stand strong. She has a cane that she is learning to hold,” Lorraine shared referring to her daughter’s progress. “She will learn braille … Mommy and Daddy are learning braille. She eats by mouth and breathes on her own! She is very healthy.”

Lorraine adores watching her daughter learn new things, feel with her hands—”which to her are her ‘eyes’”—and communicate by using signs. The toddler even challenges her parents by inventing new signs that Lorraine and Brian are compelled to figure out.

The biggest trials, said Lorraine, have been Eleanor’s medical procedures. “It is the worst thing to have to watch your child go through a painful procedure or surgery and not be able to take the pain away,” she explained. “And in her case, the fact that she can’t see anything makes it worse.”

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

Through trials and triumphs, Eleanor’s parents couldn’t be prouder of their daughter. “She explores and tries so very hard at everything she does,” said Lorraine. “She has a very stubborn streak—no wonder with that red hair—that can be challenging, but also is going to help her go far!”

For other parents of children with special needs, Lorraine advocates trusting God and having the courage to question doctors. She encourages the rest of the world to engage without fear, to help people with special needs feel accepted and included.

“Instead of, ‘Don’t stare,’ teach [children] to say, ‘Hello!’” she recommended. “And questions are okay! We’ve never been offended by someone asking about Eleanor.

“God knows what He’s doing when He makes these children,” Lorraine reflected. “There’s nobody like our Eleanor!”

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(Courtesy of Lorraine and Brian Bartholomew)

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Paul Kengor: Abolition of Private Property Is at the Core of Communism

Paul Kengor: Abolition of Private Property Is at the Core of Communism

WEF Predicts Abolition of Private Property in 2030
December 31, 2020 Updated: December 31, 2020

To define communism in a sentence it is best to use original words by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who wrote that communist doctrine can be summarized as the abolition of private property Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College, told The Epoch Times in an interview.

“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property,” Marx and Engels, the founders of the communist doctrine, wrote in The Communist Manifesto, a book that forms the basis for communism.

Abolishing private property can only be possible through a war, Kengor said, because private property is “a basic Judeo-Christian law, natural rights, biblical rights: thou shalt not steal. I mean from the cave to the courthouse the right to own property is fundamental to human nature let alone any operating economy anywhere.”

“To abolish private property you’re going to have a war on your hands, you’re going to need guns, you’re going to need gulags,” Kengor said on Epoch Times’ Crossroads program. Therefore communists killed 100 million people to abolish private property, he added.

Some conservatives talk about “how communism distorts markets” and conclude that “communism economically doesn’t work,” Kengor said clarifying that “communism doesn’t work because it’s evil, it’s diabolical.”

WEF Predicts Abolition of Private Property in 2030

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A security guard shows the way to a man outside of the Davos Congress Centre under snow ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2018. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) predicted that in 2030 people will own nothing and “all products will have become services,” according to the organization’s 8 predictions for the world in 2030.

Ida Auken, a Danish Parliament Member, and a WEF’s young leader wrote for the WEF about her vision of life in 2030, “I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.”

“Everything you considered a product, has now become a service,” Auken continued.

“Once in awhile [sic], I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. No [sic] where I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me,” Auken said but added, “All in all, it is a good life.”

Dr. Antony Mueller, a German professor of economics, wrote for the Mises Institute, “If the WEF projection should come true, people would have to rent and borrow their necessities from the state, which would be the sole proprietor of all goods. The supply of goods would be rationed in line with a social credit points system.”

Karl Marx and the Devil

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The Communist Manifesto also demands the abolition of all religions, all morality, and the abolition of the family, Kengor said.

Marx and Engels call in the Manifesto for ”Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.”

“On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. … [But the family is practically absent] among the proletarians, and in public prostitution,” Marx and Engels explained in the Manifesto.

 Marx considered religion to be “the opiate of the masses,” wanted to abolish all religion, and stated that ”communism begins where atheism begins,” Kengor said.

However, Marx himself was not an atheist. Kengor talked about little known facts that Marx wrote about the devil in his chilling and frightening poems and plays citing a stanza from Marx’s poem “The Pale Maiden” written in 1837:

Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well.
My soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell.

Kengor believes that this strophe ”is partly autobiographical because his soul was once true to God.”

Marx wrote in another poem “The Player” (also translated as “The Fiddler”) in 1841:

Look now, my blood-dark sword shall stab
Unerringly within thy soul.
God neither knows nor honors art.
The hellish vapors rise and fill the brain.

Till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword–the Prince of Darkness sold it to me.
For he beats the time and gives the signs.
Ever more boldly I play the dance of death.

Kengor commented on the last verse, “what more was communism but kind of a dance of death. I mean you can’t find any ideology in all of history that was responsible for as many deaths as communism: at least 100 million in the last century alone.”

Abolishing of private property and all religion are not the only destructive goals that communists seek. Kengor pointed out what Marx and Engels wrote at the end of The Communist Manifesto: “They [the Communists] openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”

“Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things,” and this is why communists are behind the movement to tear down statues of historical figures such as Saint Junipero Serra, founder of the California missions, or Christopher Columbus, Kengor said.

“This is a very radical destructive ideology,” he added.

Advice to Communism Supporters

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Protestors gather in front of Lausanne’s main train station, where a multitudinary demonstration against climate change kicked off on January 17, 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The protest is taking place ahead of the upcoming annual gathering of world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum. (Ronald Patrick/Getty Images)

Communism has been so redefined today to look like socialism or democratic socialism, but “according to Marx and Engels, socialism was the final transitionary step to communism,” Kengor explained.

Communists and socialists say all the time that “communism is a pretty good idea if you just read the book. It hasn’t been applied correctly yet,” Kengor said.

He advised reading a 10-point plan laid out by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto which not only calls for the abolition of private property but also for the abolition of the right of inheritance and more equal distribution of population across the countryside. This means that communists seek not only redistribution of people’s money and property but also the forcible relocation of people, Kengor continued.

To understand why communism is an “utterly destructive ideology that doesn’t work“ people need to read books about it including The Communist Manifesto, Kengor said.

There are many advocating communism and socialism. Therefore Kengor wrote the book “The Devil and Karl Marx” to help people understand “how incendiary destructive and in some cases diabolical“ communism is.

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