The human "Self" is connected directly to Nature. If the two are symbiotic, you no longer react to your environment - because you are now controlling it. SPAny thoughts?
Something to think about:ma·te·ri·al·ismməˈti(ə)rēəˌlizəm/nounnoun: materialism 1. a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. 2. Philosophy the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.