We share a kinship with the wild. The origin of the genetic memory of all mankind is in a state of union with nature. The shaping of our minds, however, is recent.
Within this union there is the law of ecology, a universal law that governs all the life and operating systems of the planet and universe, including human beings. Ecology is about the basis of identity, the web of partnership, the integrity of relationship and the bond of consequence when stepping outside this ancient order of things. Which we are doing. We have lost the track of our ecological identity.
Nature reminds and teaches us, again, that this flow of life force is not only transformational, but most importantly, circular. Through the circuit of producers to consumers to decomposers, energy always returns to replenish the source. What you put out comes back.
But within our modern self-perpetuated economic system of production versus consumerism, the flow of energy is linear. We consume and take without return. Yet we wonder why we run out of stuff; space, clean air, raw materials, finance, fossil fuel, water, energy, compassion, awareness, understanding, identity.
We have lost contact with ourselves. A re-connection with nature is fundamental to our physical, emotional, mental, ecological and spiritual well-being.
The conservation of wilderness then, is not merely the preservation of outer landscapes. It is the conservation of a scared attitude to life and living. One that is deeply engraved on our inner landscape.
All rights reserved. Alan McSmith 2019
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