Nature is not good or bad. It cares nothing about morality or fairness. It punishes weakness and ignorance. It has no sense of sentimentality whatsoever. It gives its rewards to those who unearth its secrets, who learn the laws and cooperates with them. Luck is its wild card, played any time or place.
Natures beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It has no vanity save in humans. It goes on indifferent whether the flower is opening or decaying. It gives what it will to all its member creatures. There are competitions going on but nature cares nothing about who wins: The mosquito and the mammal, the hawk and the mole, the gardener and the ground hog, bacteria that helps its host and kills its host, beetles and pine trees, cancer cells and healthy organs. Trees battle drought, hurricane winds shakes the delicate nest, spring rain and the snowmelt may flood or nourish the land. Survival in this world is a practical matter. Nature is the force unleashed upon everyone. I am not sure where all those prayers asking God to intercede go.
Humans are having a fantastic run of thousands of years of growth to the point where we dominate any area of land we choose. And we have big appetites. If the other life forms were capable of jealousy then we would be the envy of the planet, but thankfully we are the only species that suffer from that deadly trait. Our big appetites cause us to kill each other and run roughshod over the resources of the Earth. Nonetheless, we dominate. Our wit, strength, courage, resourcefulness, coping skills, adaptability, tenacity, big brain and nimble bodies trump our violent excesses, at least up until now.
While humans think of the passage of time as linear, nature works in cycles and within that it is completely unpredictable. One of our races stranger delusions is that we are not connected to nature, that we somehow rule it but are not part of it. But species come and go, wax and wane, and everything that has ever been alive are now dead or soon will be. Humans included. While humankind looks to unending progress they off times overlook that one of the many things they create: pesticides, new chemicals, radioactive waste, radio waves, and items that hardly anyone has ever heard of, may, and some no doubt will, have unintentional consequences that will cause enormous changes. Small pox wiping out the natives of the Western Hemisphere, or the sparrows brought in from Europe and then decimating the bluebirds are good examples. In a time of tremendous increase of technology and the world becoming interconnected makes these kinds of events even more likely. There is also the possibility of nuclear war even though no one supposedly wants one, yet the weapons still exist in vast quantities. All our skills at prospering will be needed. We should be psychologically prepared to expect anything.
Meanwhile nature will move on into eternity. The best depiction of the universe I have ever seen is the ancient drawing of a serpent curled in a circle eating its own tail.