Imagine a newer world. A world in which all children grow up with a deep understanding of the life around them. Where all of us know the animals and plants of our own backyards as well as we know the televised Amazon rainforest, or better. Where the more high-tech our lives become, the more we experience nature in our lives. Where we come to all our senses, including our sense of humility. Where we feel more alive.
Richard Louv, IMAGINE A NEWER WORLD: A Vision of a Nature-Rich Future, One We Can Create Together
In his essay, Richard Louv shares his inspiring thoughts and hopes for a “Newer World.” He describes a world with humans living in harmony with nature. It’s a world where the fantastic beauty of nature enriches one’s life, where people truly care for the environment around them, where people are born into, live with and return to the land, sky, water and soil.
The article is beautiful and poetic, but also sad and a little shocking. Some as an ideal or utopian vision is of a world where people and nature live in harmony. Ultimately, it’s sad is that this lifestyle is disappearing and needs to be recreated.
When my family lived in the city, the opposite world was definitely our norm.