Perhaps the carefree, beautiful summer grasses we enjoy in our own backyards were once the location and the result of past battles for freedom or independence.
Take comfort in knowing that things that seem opposite can, and must, co-exist as complementary pieces in the same larger object. Two sides of a coin must exist for the coin to be a coin.
With that said, it is also not correct to think that people cannot change their behaviors or personality. The mind is very powerful, and with humans having such a powerful conscious and conscience, we can change our perceptions and drastically alter our behaviors and habits.
Sometimes we are not allowed to read much of the book, and if that book is a person, the character of that person may not ever be accurately perceived by looking solely at that person.
There is profound wisdom in seemingly mundane tasks, and that there is pure joy in being fully involved with each and every thing you do every day.