Precious anything

When an object is removed from its environment and becomes a ‘precious’ human possession, a perceived gain is achieved by he or she, who now possess it. However the environment from which it came from suffers a loss of aura, changing it forever.

The spiritual or primal connection that we feel when we venture into natures beauty, and the loss when objects are removed, can be likened to the way in which Walter Benjamin sees the loss of a piece of arts aura. Benjamin states, “even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be”

No matter how special the object removed from the environment is it can never be as special as experiencing in its natural state.