Nature, Nature. All Around.
Being fortunate enough to have grown up in Tropical North Queensland (before the onset of “advanced” communicative technology), there was little choice but to develop an everlasting bond with Nature. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that Nature should indeed be regarded as Our Mother.
It is a relationship that is severely lacking in modern times as the vast majority of the population have no time for the Natural World – preferring to remain glued to their screens, eyes down, buttocks firmly attached to a seating apparatus, in the vain hope that the ever-expanding void within their soul will be banished immediately by somebody they have never met “liking” or “commenting” on an absolutely irrelevant and unnecessary bit of jargon they blatantly stole from someone else.
If the electricity goes out, even for just a few hours, all hell breaks loose. As though the sky is literally falling down around us. It’s only a matter of time until the zombies wake up, then what??!! WHAT THEN?! Oh wait the power is back on, I’m cool.. I’m cool. Time to login and complain about the stupid power companies messing with my pointless non-filling of the ever-expanding soul void thing I’ve been working on for the last decade or so, that’ll show them!
The general relationship modern mankind has with nature can be compared to that of a headstrong teenage brat and their mother. We could be harnessing the infinite love, beauty and inspiration she showers upon us. No. We are far too “cool” for that. Stop cramping my style Mum, I’ve got fake friends to impress! I don’t want to hang out with you Mum, this screen isn’t going to stare at itself you know! As if I need to know all the important lessons you’ve learned that have been passed down through so many generations, when I have to click refresh right now!
How quickly we forget (or perhaps many have never understood) that for the past 50,000 years or more, humans have survived without electricity, without having to know what everybody thinks about absolutely everything, every minute of every single day.
“You only need 4 things to survive”, my Dad told me.
“Food. Water. Shelter. Clothes. Everything else is a luxury.”
Need Vs. Want
“There is a big difference between wanting and needing something”. These are words that reverberate continuously in my sub-conscious mind.
We are not human beings, we are humans being. And quite frankly most of us are humans being pretty bloody stupid most of the time. We have lost our way, forgotten.
All we need to do, is survive. The only things we need in order to survive is Food, Water, Shelter and Clothing. We do not need to watch a screen for 18 hours while it tries to sell us more stuff that we don’t need.
We DO need to take care of our Mother, for she is slowly dying. And it is we who are contributing, albeit blindly, to her grim demise.
The very least I could possibly hope for is that after reading this you are inspired to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Get out there, find a park, a river, a forest. Go to the beach. Feel it, breathe it, BE it.
Go and spend some time with your Mother!