Cultures define themselves in many ways, frequently with reference to the natural world.

On the surface, it's hard to see that as a bad thing.

But as we delve further into ecology ("a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments, the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment"), is the stumbling block to finding answer the way we see nature ... or just human beings?

If families are the building blocks of a community, it makes sense to provide them with support and connectedness to other families.