The other day, I heard a real estate commercial on the radio. The company was selling homes in a new neighborhood somewhere near Knoxville, with a lake and all kinds of exotic surroundings. Hallerin Hilton Hill was doing the narration for the commercial. At one point, he bragged that these houses were engineered to be “in perfect harmony with nature.” At that point, I was instantly turned off from buying the home.
Should we just start living in the forest now, under trees? Or sleep out in a field under the stars? Wouldn’t that be true “harmony”?
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28
Humans are not supposed to live in harmony with nature. Humans conquer nature. Any time I do not sufficiently conquer nature, I start to worry that I am not fulfilling my duty as a human being. Why would anyone want to spend money on a house that is in perfect harmony with nature?
You may be wondering, “You’re right, Drew! How can I do my part to conquer nature?” Here are a few easy steps you can take:
1. Make sure to eat at least a little meat every single day. Always remember that animals do not have souls.
2. Leave the lights on when you leave any room. “Carbon footprints” are key to subduing the earth. Driving multiple large cars around in the city can also be helpful, especially if you drive above the speed limit, although gas prices may become a limiting factor.
3. Do not buy any homes from that real estate company I mentioned in the first paragraph.
4. When you find any bug inside your house, try to avoid peacefully transporting it outdoors. Yes, some bugs are cuter than others, and you may need to spare some of the better bugs, but remember that they are soulless animals. As a general rule, aim to kill them.
5. Make every effort to avoid recycling.
These are just some helpful tips for subduing the earth, off the top of my head. Now let’s all go out and live like human beings.