For no light matter is at stake; the question concerns the very manner in which human life is to be lived.
Nature Deficit Disorder
Waning of Humaneness
Co-creating meaning since 2001
The predicament of young people today is especially critical. Forestalling the apocalypse will devolve on their perceptions of value; their sensibilities towards the beautiful and worthwhile must be aroused and renewed. The closest possible contact with the living natural world at the earliest possible age is the most promising way to achieve this proper function.
A man's heart away from nature becomes hard
Chief Luther Standing Bear
If we redesign nature to meet human wishes, we risk making it a mirror of our own pathologies
John Gray in 'Heresies - Against Progress and other Illusions'
Nature is our capital. The interest it yields is all we may use. If we persistently encroach on that capital we shall eventually go bankrupt.
Wouter van Dieren and Marius G W Hummelinck
in Nature's Price: The Economics of Mother Earth
Progress might have been alright once - but it's gone on too long
The man who sat on the ground in his tipi, meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization. And when native man left off this form of development, his humanization was retarded in growth.
Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux nation
Civilized man...is in danger of losing all contact with the world of instinct - a danger that is further increased by living an urban existence in what seems to be a purely manmade environment. This loss of instinct is largely responsible for the pathological condition of contemporary culture.
C G Jung
We are awakening a little to the feeling that something is wrong in the world, that our modern prejudice of overestimating the importance of the intellect and the conscious mind might be false. We want simplicity. We are suffering, in our cities, from a need for simple things.
C G Jung in 1931
Losing touch with our own nature Life in a manmade world changes at an ever accelerating rate, with all such change tending to take us further from our roots, origins and instincts - and from our own nature as human beings.
Accommodating ourselves to this new world comes at a heavy price - paid for at the expense of our mental and physical wellbeing.
Depression is only one example of a wave of modern ills now reaching pandemic proportions in the 'developed' world.
We ignore this at our peril, and at the expense of our children and the world they will inherit from us.
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts happens to man, for all things are connected.
Chief Seattle, 1854
Nature Deficit Disorder was described in Richard Louv's 2005 book "Last Child in the Woods". Louv collects extensive evidence supporting the view that direct contact with nature is a part of normal childhood development and thus essential for the physical and emotional health of all children, adults and societies.
The longer people make their colonnades, the higher they build their towers, the deeper they dig their summer grottoes, the more massively they raise the roofs of their halls - so much more will they cut off the sight of heaven.
Seneca 5BC - 65AD
Even for the most brilliantly successful technology, an ethical question lurks in the background, the question whether the job the technology is designed to do is actually worth doing.
If an idea makes sense to you - make it yours.