I’ve always taken issue with the idea that we ‘play’ God, as well as the the belief that our creations are ‘artificial’ or ‘unnatural.’ Everything we create is composed of elements found within our universe. Yes, some of the substances may be synthesized elements, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that, like us, they are NATURALLY occurring. Also, all this ‘stuff’ evolves through our natural-ass hands and are products of our natural-ass minds which are driven by natural-ass genetic predispositions. In this way cities, high-tech gadgetry and everything else we create are no different than anthills or termite colonies. (What may set us apart however is our hyper meticulous and obsessive method of creation.) It’s hard for us to divorce ourselves from our perception as a superior species to see this though; to understand just how ‘naked’ we are in the universe. We are just so damn full ourselves. But what if we can’t help it? What if—due to the fact that WE are all we know—we, in a sense, ‘have no choice’ but to perceive other species, our world and the broader universe as it RELATES to US. Even basic concepts: A mountain is ‘large’ because it is ‘bigger’ than US, an ant is ‘little’ because it is ‘smaller’ than US. Interestingly, it is this ‘basic’ concept that dictates how we FEEL about every goddamn (relative) thing around us, from the examples mentioned to the infinite vagaries of the infinite universe. Doesn’t matter the matter, we always start with 1.