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species, we are most animated when
our days and nights on Earth are touched by the natural world. We can
immeasurable joy in the birth of a child, a great work of art, or
falling in love.
But all of life is rooted in nature, and a separation from that wider
desensitizes us and diminishes our bodies and spirits.”
"The Nature Principle"
Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
by Richard Louv
In 2005, Richard Louv identified a widespread ailment in American
children that he called "nature-deficit disorder." In this book, he
describes the same deficiency in adults and suggests some cures.
"In recent years an emerging body of research has begun to describe the
restorative power of time spent in the natural world," he explains.
"Even in small doses, we are learning, exposure to nature can
measurably improve our psychological and physical health."
Finding our way back to nature is the problem. Today, for the first
time in history, more than half the world's population lives in towns
and cities and traditional ways of experiencing nature through work and
daily living are vanishing along with hundreds of animal species. Where
do we find nature amidst the sea of circuitry in which we are immersed?
Louv has some suggestions.
Begin by embracing with joy the sanguine mystery and beauty of life.
Get outside. Experience the natural world and therein find hope in its
restorative powers and imagine a better future. Paraphrasing Martin
Luther King, “Any cultural movement will fail if it can’t
paint a picture of a world where people want to go to.”
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A Natural Need
The more technological our society becomes, the more we need nature,
according to The
Nature Principle, not only for our physical and spiritual
health but also for our long-term survival.
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