Meade points to the signage — orders from The State:
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IN THE COMMENTS: Peter says:
Those photos show a world that's "natural" in the same same sense that downtown Chicago is "natural"- that is, they show the natural world as it's been shaped by humans and their activities for many, many centuries.Yes, and the least natural thing is the government imposing signs, and this sign is especially ridiculous, telling people who are already out walking in the nature preserve that they must learn to love nature. Quite apart from the annoying inference that we do not already love nature, I was annoyed by:
The landscapes shown in these photos surely look far different then they would without the presence of humans and the various human activities that have shaped and altered them.
1. The presence of any signage infringing on the direct experience.
2. A sign that provides no specific information (such as the names of plants and the history of the restoration).
3. Government seeing our emotions as within its domain of command.
4. The selection of "love" as the specific emotion that should be dictated.
5. Presenting the sublime emotion of "love" as something that is achieved through a process of education.
6. Stimulating an anti-authoritarian impulse that drives me away from love.
7. Stimulating an anti-education impulse that makes me resist learning. (If you want me to learn, give me some information to learn here, not instruction to love.)
8. A subtle state-sponsored atheism.
9. Stimulating a list-making response in me that provokes me to write an item — that last one — that makes me annoying and proud of being so annoying.