Taking notes from nature

I recently read an article on Medium called Nature: the coolest startup in the world that highlights the innovative and sustainable design of nature. What is brilliant is how she applies this design to business startups. Nature’s design is time-tested and proven, why not take notes from it?

“From a systems perspective, mother nature is a design expert and stellar model of ubiquitous innovation.”

“Every single product (flora and fauna) and service (carbon cycle, water cycle, biomes and ecosystems) creates value, so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

“The ‘goal’ is to survive and thrive, and as a result, nature focuses on excellence, not perfection; and optimization of resources and functions, not maximization.”

“[…] a monoculture such as a lawn is resource heavy and susceptible to a multitude of risks, including over-watering, under-watering, insect infestation, the family pet, too much sun and too little sun. A lawn is an ecosystem with one species of grass that requires large amounts of investment in time, resources and management, including water, fertilizer and even pesticides (which harm life). Can you imagine a rainforest being managed? Natural ecosystems need not be managed because they are diverse, resilient and self-sustaining.”

“Life creates conditions conducive to life.”

Nature's Unifying Patterns. Courtesy of the Biomimicry Institute — Biomimicry.org
Nature’s Unifying Patterns. Courtesy of the Biomimicry Institute — Biomimicry.org

My world views are largely based on the holistic concept presented here that life creates conditions conducive to life. I’ve struggled with how to talk about or explain my still-developing views on often controversial topics such as pharmaceutical drugs vs traditional medicine, vaccines, germ theory, avoiding environmental toxins and toxic products, eating non-processed food (feeding my kid whole, nutritious, non-processed food), which all become much more relevant when becoming a parent. But reading this description of nature’s design struck a chord in me.

The design and nature of life doesn’t waste, and is never counter-productive. It is diverse, resilient and self-sustaining. It’s the time-tested and proven expert of sustainability and innovation. It focuses on excellence, not perfection; and optimization of resources and functions, not maximization. This is a contrast to the underlying principles driving the pharmaceutical industry, the vaccine industry, the food industry, and the consumer industry as a whole. I’m far more inclined to trust my health and wellness to what I know of nature’s provision than to what I know of our industry-driven culture’s values and opinions.

There is so much backlash towards those who question germ theory (or vaccines, big pharma, etc.), but what if it genuinely makes less sense than the design we see in nature? Germ theory more or less states that the sole cause of disease is germs, and if we avoid germs we avoid disease. I personally don’t deny that germs cause disease. But I like to take my notes from nature rather than a lab- nature knows how to handle germs, rather than avoid them. Germs thrive on weakness, they are opportunistic in nature. Survival of the fittest is the mantra of evolution, is it not? Instead of avoiding germs by feeding our bodies harsh killing agents that further tax our bodies, why not feed our bodies natural fighting agents that both strengthen our natural defense and healing systems and help fight off harmful germs? The mentality around germ theory tends to be like looking at a grass lawn and building theories and solutions around that fragile and imbalanced ecosystem, without also considering the diverse and sustainable ecosystems of a rainforest, a jungle, a desert, a prairie. Look how beautifully and efficiently nature handles herself. In my humble opinion, if we think we can do better we are foolishly mistaken.

Pharmaceutical drugs and medicine target the elimination of germs (or symptoms) from the body, without addressing the weakness that made the body susceptible to the germs (or symptoms) in the first place, which leaves the body just as susceptible or more so to the inevitable contact with more germs (or to the underlying cause of the symptoms – mineral deficiency for example). If germs are opportunistic, it makes far more sense to build up the body’s natural defense system and remove germ-inviting opportunities, rather than spend an endless stream of resources to constantly avoid and eliminate germs from a weak germ-inviting body. This is not a sustainable, resistant, or resourceful system.

I would love to study more of the science behind these concepts I’m talking about, and I intend to. As I mentioned my opinions and views are still developing ones, and there is plenty I don’t know and could be misunderstanding. But even so; and though my views seem to go against the strongest of modern opinions; I’d much rather side with nature. I think that we as a part of nature shouldn’t have to be scientists or have a medical degree to make our own decisions about what’s healthy and sustainable for our lives, we have the evidence of nature before us and common sense to help us reason. It’s those who are out to profit from you that will tell you that you can’t know better.

Read the original article on nature’s sustainable and innovative design on Medium.com: Nature: the coolest startup in the world