Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Four Seasons of Nature

To put this post into context, I've been working a lot in the garden lately, and I am seeing the world through different eyes. 

Nature works in harmony with the seasons, while humans try to control the environment and be the master (Avatar). Humans sees it as a challenge to change nature and their environment, never content to accept limitations. 

Reading Walden's Pond by Henry David Thoreau has helped give me another perspective. Thoreau clear has  and thoughtful writing about the nature of things is mind expanding. People often see themselves as masters of their environment, Thoreau believed life was better when we lived as part of nature. Too often people get caught up in the drama of life, and forget what is natural. In nature the most important goal in life is survival. The mind cannot afford to be caught up in the turmoil of emotions at the expense of higher needs such as water, food and shelter.

Modern society makes us dependant on others, we loose sense of our own power to survive. In a city the natural world is removed and people live with man made needs. We cannot grow our own food or hunt for it, we need to get a job so we can buy it from others, the natural environment is removed. People are dependent on businesses and governments for their needs.

Questions

Are we paying enough attention to the natural world?

Do we notice the effect of weather on life?

Has human invention ignored our connection to nature?

Quotes

Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. -Henry David Thoreau

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. -Henry David Thoreau

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau