Nature is a retreat from man. A world where man cannot control her. ‘He is a constraint, she is freedom’. What would HDT think of the concrete and glass and plastic world we live in now, where most of our tranquil and certainly wild spaces are taken up with ugly monstrosities man has built. The gap here is too enormous, our perspectives too different. Man has won. Man has overcome nature to an extent. What is happening now with the rainfall and the floods, forest fires and rising tides, polar caps melting and humans seriously looking at colonising the moon or fucking Mars because we’ve fucked this planet up so much. Science Fiction in HDT’s day, Welles and Verne; an abominable reality in ours that would be hilarious if it were not true.
‘She’ is nature, that I agree on, and she fights back in a deadly way. Fuck you Sainsburys, here’s a flooded store, see if I care, lighting fixtures falling in the cereal aisle. Even Amazon’s buildings will crack and burn under her might and will one day be reduced back to the forest like the one it’s named after.