do you ever go out into nature and come to a realization that its pace and rhythm are very different than most of our human rhythms? it is as if a man wants the world to serve his logic and mind, versus, an idea that humans are here on this planet, albeit for a short time, not to think they own it, but rather co-exist with it. When you look at the behavior of some of the planet, one really has to question if we are doing all that well with “civilization.”
last night was a treat to attend a salon with some truly interesting and unique minds where we got to chat about medicine, agriculture, eastern and western medicine, and a plethora of other things. yet, it was when I left, I found myself in natures peace and quiet for a bit. so, I simply stopped, got out of the car and looked all around me and let myself be soaked in the silence that is nature.
Perhaps when you are young, you marvel at the idea of the lifestyle inside the big cities where population and cultural densities bring the excitement and choice to participate in so many different things and activities. The city that never sleeps, and as a human, you don’t really need much sleep as you keep trying to experience more and more.
nature, it is a bit different, there is a distinct rhythm and cycle to it. have you ever tried living in the cycles of nature? you go to sleep when the sun goes down, wake up when the sun rises, and then live out your day? it is a bit different than the world where man’s tools and technologies allow us, for example, like controlled environment agriculture – you create whatever you want with light, humidity, temp and nutrients with the plants. it is pretty cool, but as humans…is this ultimately good for our hearts and souls?
I get a bit sad when I see what humans are doing to the land and oceans. When people start to realize they have to take better care of it, it probably will be too late. I remember kids when I was overseas and the doctors would just try to smile and tell the nurse to make them comfortable, there was nothing they could do to save the child from malnutrition. it was too late, even though the child was alive, awake and looking at you. The same will probably happen to the planet as well.
Perhaps the same will happen with actual civility in civilization? maybe humans can get that we are all the same and need each other to work together as a species – and not separate and think one flavor, color, or belief makes one human better than the others. I keep thinking pride and greed are the two biggest diseases on the planet, but few concur with my thoughts on that subject.
but I will say that for a few moments last night, as I stared at the stars and the moon. I thought, “I can easily see myself out living in nature – a simple life – (ok, the lab has some cool stuff in it) but instead of chasing after things, the simplicity of making a pot of coffee, sitting out on a rock and having space for whoever wants to visit and enjoy the coffee and view with me…sounds pretty wonderful. particularly as I watch the uncivility of civilization these days. (did I make up a new word or is uncivility a real one?)