Depending on our cultural context, we see nature in different ways. Many people see nature as a concept that clashes with mankind, and this has a lot to do with how man treats the natural world. We see ourselves polluting, taking from, and generally abusing the world outside our cities and towns, and this has many convinced that humans are an antonym of nature, especially here in the United States. There are several ways that humans and nature do go together, however. Not only did this planet create the human race, but we are constantly finding ways to coexist with all of the other species and natural processes around us. Some cultures are more aware of our affect on the world, or have always had practices that have them coexisting peacefully. Recently, some interesting developments have been made that combine both humans and what we typically see as a symbol of nature – trees. The Bios Urn takes a person’s ashes and sets them in the soil surrounding a tree sapling.
According to the Bios Urn company, “Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature. [It is] a smart, sustainable, and ecologically friendly way to approach what’s, probably, one of the most important moments in human life.” People may choose to have their ashes nurture any kind of tree, and the urns are under $200.
With the Bios Urn, people now have a beautiful way to connect with nature in death. One’s remains may be used to create a sturdy, life-giving tree, even if the person took away from nature in life. Humans have many ways of connecting with, perceiving, and understanding nature, and as we evolve, we are constantly finding newer, more profound ways of doing this.