Nature and Modernity

Nature and modernity are not harmonious. We must balance the two. We need modernity for its economic benefits, and we need the mindful and spiritual experience of being close to nature.

Think of a wooded area, and next to it is a busy road. Imagine leaving that road and walking into the woods. What happens? Your mental state changes. Things slow down and become quieter — more peaceful, and you start to shake off some of the things that have been bothering you.

Then you leave the woods and go back out onto the busy road. What happens? Things become noisier. Your sense of peace and clarity gradually fades.

In this sense, nature and modernity represent two different sates of mind. It’s a rough analogy, but it’s basically true.