People living in a given period construct nature in ways that give meaning to their own lives as elite, ordinary people, men or women, Westerners or Easterners. The historian must ask, "How have people historically conceptualized nature?" "How have they behaved in relationship to that construction?" "What historical evidence supports a particular interpretation?"
Carolyn Merchant - The Death of Nature.
Take a moment to reflect on how you interact with nature. We are all connected to nature as one, but experience/interact as individuals.