It just tugs at my heart. We keep building and building. We may rather watch a youtube video about the rainforest than visit in in person. And now there is Amazon for groceries instead of the grocery store. We do walk but complain about the heat or rain. We want to be comfortable instead of invigorated.
Not to mention, due to human civilization lands are fragmented and animals displaced are from their own habitat. I hear elephants are becoming more and more scarce. What if the future generations only know an elephant by the TV screen or a book they read? We seem so removed from nature at times.
This reminds me of the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi” where it says, “Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got/’Till it’s gone/They paved paradise/Put up a parking lot.”
Joni speaks very intelligently and says what are the quiet masses are really feeling too. But I don’t think the answer to all of our problems is as simple as getting rid of parking lots. The population is too dense for that to be a rational solution. But you may say, what about more birth control? They may help in the short term, but the population will still continue to grow as each family typically has at least two children.
And I believe God wants us to grow and thrive. And we must continue to increase because He wants a bigger family! 🙂 But we can choose how we respond to nature and consumerism, which I find is a huge culprit to being removed from nature. If we aren’t connected to our possessions a lot, maybe we could be more possessed by nature? I am not saying we should live without possessions as John Lennon aptly said in the song, “Imagine,” “Imagine no possessions/I wonder if you can/No need for greed or hunger.” Appropriate of an ideal world to create world peace but not realistic.
I am just suggesting maybe we could make more sacrifices. Possibly rest more on Sundays and maybe over time, more businesses will change their hours of operation and, except for emergency facilities like hospitals and police departments can be open on Sundays. My mom told me back in the day most places weren’t open for business on Sundays. We just could use more rest. Not just physical rest but also mental rest.
We could also walk more outside than go on a treadmill. These are all just ideas.
We have all heard this before and I am not trying to come across too cliché but the solution is in your hands. Nature is waiting for you. 🙂
Honest question: Do you feel removed from nature sometimes?
(C) Carly Wiggins 2017