Ideas of "nature" For a good portion of my life, I used and heard used the "word" nature with an assumption that my use of the word nature was like nearly all others' use of the word. I heard the phrase "Mother Nature" used and thought of it much like the phrase "Father Time" -- an anthropomorphism that wasn't meant to be taken literally, just a colorful, little phrase. When I thought of "valueing nature", I thought of valueing the creatures and/or subjective beautry of this world. I did not thing of nature as itself being some entity, and I assumed others had the same kind of notion of "nature" as I did. Yet, as I grow older, it seems apparent to me that some others have a more Gaia-like idea of nature. How prevalent are such Gaia ideas? In addition, is their ethicality or morality in being "natural" or "unnatural"?