“There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became, and that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years. The early lilacs become part of this child, And grass and white and red morning glories…” -Walt Whitman
As it appears, we are heading into a culture ‘which is exclusively an interaction of man on man’. Or worse, man on machine. This is not what we want for ourselves or for our children.
What we see and touch each day is what we become. Should we take the grace of the trees, the flexibility of the water, the passion of the animals? Or should we liken ourselves to the non-living?
Let’s get out of both house and office and touch nature. Go to it. Roll in it. Become it.
A great book to read for more on this topic: Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv.