I tend to think that there is a large and growing segment of our society that has and is being conditioned to think nature is not a good thing. There are all the traditional boogie-man things like bears, snakes, and such, but now we can also add Lymes Disease, encephalitis, giardia, West Nile, hunta, stuff one can't see.
If that doesn't scare the kajeebies out of ya, then there's the tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, scorching heat, flash floods and frigid wind chills are ever popular, too. Oh, did I mention the hail storms with stones the size of softballs?
Is it any wonder our society is paranoid of nature? After all even if the kids get in the car before it leaves the garage, they have that one last dash from the curb to the school door where any number of terrible things can happen to our dear defenseless children. Oh, the inhumanity!!!! Remember if mom or dad didn't work there's always homeschooling, that's becoming popular once more.
And even then one must remember the horror stories their grandparents told them about when they rode in a car without seat-belts and car seats...and then there were the back roads rural hicks that actually rode in the back of the pickup! Can you even imagine that? Back in the day when one did venture out into the unprotected SPF-1000 to shield them from the deadly rays of the sun, actually road their bikes without helmets. We won't even go into those daredevils that rode no-handed. To these ancient fools, basketball was actually played outside in the driveway amidst all these horrendous dangers. Then there were the club houses built in trees with old crappy lumber that no one wanted. These were the idiots that ran and played on asphalt playgrounds.
Is it any wonder we can't get the kids up from under the covers of their bed each morning and expect them to run the gauntlet of life with all that threatens out there! Sounds like child abuse to me! Call a lawyer now, before it's too late.