Freedoms and Nature
George Manbiot wrote an article today titled "A Small and Shuffling Life" (http://www.monbiot.com/2015/01/19/a-small-and-shuffling-life/) on the subject of our freedoms and the human need for wild spaces.
There is a growing movement in both the scientific community and the general population of nature lovers that are starting to think more about the wild spaces we maintain and the wildlife we allow to roam within these spaces.
Many people including myself are starting to notice that although the promise of convenience and security of modern life do add up to a very warm and comfortable lifestyle the human body and mind have developed to work in a world much closer to nature.
I am currently reading a book titled Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who'Ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Zones-Lessons-Living-Longest/dp/1426207557/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421750442&sr=1-2&keywords=blue+zones ). I would strongly urge everyone to read this book; it studies people who live in areas with unusually high life span and quality and investigates the reasons behind this.
I am currently half way through the book but so far it has totally reinforced my ideas about living in tune with nature, including daily gentle exercise, a strong community and a high quality organic diet based on fruits and vegetables generally grown at home. I will write further about this topic when I finish the book but so far it all makes sense and fits in with many other sources on the topic.
As George points out nobody is suggesting we all throw off the comforts of modern life such as healthcare and housing but we should work hard to protect the environment and increase the area of such recourses for us all to enjoy for the benefit of our physical and mental health. Indeed we seem to be trying to reproduce the positive effects of nature in an artificial work using gyms for exercise and chemicals for food when nature still provides everything the human body needs in abundance if only we would take advantage of our surroundings.
Everyone should be introduced to the wonders nature has to offer and that out bodies and brains have developed to live within.