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Environmental Issues And The Importance Of Connecting With Nature

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Biology and Connecting With Nature

"Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table." - D.H. Lawrence

Beyond any doubt, studies now confirm that due to the stress that is flowing out of our disconnected "bleeding roots", complex personal, environmental and social problems are created. As humans we have been inclined to look outside of ...view middle of the document...

The fundamental problem, as David Wann writes in his book "Bio-Logic," is that our brains-- and technologies-- are still evolving. Although we are part of nature, humans have decided to go their own way, separated from the realities learned in Biology. Recently both the physics and chemistry industry formed an alliance and over-looked the still-evolving field of biology. The result of the coalition was runaway chemicals, disappearing species, and an afflicted Human population. It is discouraging to see the violence and the hatred that is growing in the industrial society. The destruction of the forests, wildlife, and oceans, results in using the remains of the land for a variety of ends that are not at all related to the spirit of those places. The spirit of Nature that one grows around. Our lives, along with the lives of the global community, are at risk. We are wounding the earth and in return we are suffering with it. Some examples of the distruction that humans are causing the earth and themselves are; hunting and killing endangered species, development of nuclear weapons and thus nuclear waste, increase of the risk of cancer due to industrial chemicals in the environment, and least but not last the Ozone depletion problem. These are only few examples from an endless list.

People might think that this means we have to live like primitives. On the contrary, we do not need to live like the stone age people but instead we should adopt new ways to co-create with nature and uphold responsible relationships. Our technologies are direct extensions of our bodies. "They're not alive, but like birds' feathers, we need them if we expect to fly as a species. Overly heavy technologies, however, never really get off the ground. And they make a feathery mess out of things in the attempt" (Bio-logic 5). Wann believes that the "new knowledge about biology will help us design our technologies and our lives in a more integrated and satisfying way" (Bio-logic 9). The truth is that the environmental problems are going to keep on intensifying until our souls are able to go home to nature.

There is also a major problem in the different way in which humanity and nature communicates. In his book Reconnecting with Nature Cohen explains that to be part of any system, one must be in communication with that system. We are given the natural capacity to communicate with words. We interact through the spoken and written language. Earth is a global ecosystem that we are part of. The earth is illiterate but it still communicates with us in supportive ways that we learn to ignore or take for granted. The earth conveys information through tension-relaxation feelings such as hunger, thirst, and even breathing. To explain this tension-relaxation phenomenon, Cohen takes the example of breathing. When one stops breathing purposely, the feeling of disconnectedness builds up a tension within, a "cry calls from part of me being deprived of another part of me." He explains that...

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