“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
This line was published in 1968 and sadly, it still rings true, in 2020. Although, “what little remains” is even littler today.
Our society will have us forget that we come from nature. Like zoo animals, we currently live in an artificial world. Perfect manicured lawns. Trees carefully placed along streets sides surrounded by flower beds. Perfect flowers found at Home Depot and Lowes, grown in greenhouses, that’ll only die once you get them home and expose them to the real environment.
Skyscrapers that block the view of the sky. Tall houses that block you in.
We are born in hospitals, high above on some floor of the buidling. We are instantly born under the fluorescent lights, the same lights we spend most of our lives slaving under to making some other guy more money than us and likely the lights we will die under.
It’s so easy and understandable to see how we forget, that we are nature. We come from nature. And that we need nature.
The more we forget this fact and become less attached the more we are find ourselves in greater mental suffering.
We need nature in order to breathe. In order to recharge our souls and feel that inner peace that only fresh air and open spaces give us.
Let’s stop betraying our ourselves. Start by protecting our land.