The dictionary definition of nature reads as follows:
the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
According to this definition humans and their creations are not considered part of nature. In this view of things there is a natural world but humanity is separate from it. That means humans must control or fight against nature rather than live in harmony with it. Do you see a problem here?
When European explorers "discovered" America they encountered people who had been living in harmony with nature for centuries. These people had no monetary system nor concept of land ownership, they traded with each other, took care of each other and lived nomadically. They saw themselves as part of nature and were part of the balance of nature.
Is it possible for us today to reimagine our place and reconnect with the natural world? Every journey starts with a single step. Try spending a few moments every day appreciating something natural: a sunrise, a lake, a tree, a bird or animal and imagine yourself connecting with it. Doing this on a regular basis will heal our false disconnect as we begin to appreciate the beauty and power of nature. Think about what you can contribute to the whole instead of what you can take from it. Let go of the desire to fight and control, feel the peace of living in harmony with nature and let this be your new definition:
the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, with humans and human innovation an integral part of the whole.