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    Has humanity strayed too far from nature?

    Sometimes when I'm walking down the long tarmac streets where green fields used to be, the busy roads filled with traffic pumping carbon monoxide in the air, surrounded by people who seem to be fixated on their phones, I can't help but wonder if the world would be a better place without us in it. I think this picture says it all, really:



    I'm not trying to say 'TECHNOLOGY IS SATAN!' or anything, that would be hypocritical of me since I spend the majority of my time staring at screens, which is something that can probably be said for the majority of people at this point, with the rise of social media and mobile gaming in particular. I wonder if the state of the world we live in is the reason we've become so addicted to escapism? I know I personally would much rather get lost in the plains of Hyrule than have to deal with this society we've created for ourselves, but life is life.

    I'm fortunate in that I live in the countryside, so when I'm looking to get my daily dose of nature I can go for a walk up the hills just outside my door, I can't help but feel sorry for people who live in crowded cities and don't have that option. Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. It's no secret that humans have done one million different things to defile the very planet we live on, from chopping down forests for commercial gain to testing drugs on animals. Have we done more harm than good? What do you guys make of all of this?

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    I am a firm believer that the Earth was created to be a self sufficient genius and is a lot smarter and more capable than people are making it seem. For every tragedy we see in nature, we see hundreds of miraculous recoveries. Animals and insects alike are adapting in large numbers to co-exist in major cities around the world. I don't think we need to worry about nature's health, but our own views on the subject.

    The Native Americans had a HUGE respect for animals, nature, and life. We honestly SHOULD have learned a lot from them but I think most people back then viewed them as ignorant. Spiritual and natural (nature based) intelligence is far superior to book smarts and they knew that. I agree that people in the cities are missing out on true life. Some of the happiest people int he world are those who explore what is around them instead of just accepting things.

    I feel like people are so bored with life now because they stopped exploring. They just let life tell them how to live and where to go. When I was a kid my favorite two places to go were the park and the zoo. Even now, I value those places over going to watch a movie or to a "club". Kids just aren't growing up as kids. They don't go out and play as much. They don't get their knees dirty and feel the blades of fresh green grass between their toes. If we want to help the future, we must raise our children to be explorers. To ask questions, LOTS of questions. The modern day school teaches them other wise.

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    These discussions always remind me of two things.

    First:
    For Language


    Second:
    Koyaanisqatsi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jM2WA2WbDc

    Have we strayed too far? Yes.

    Have we destroyed the world? Not really.
    We might not make it through as a species, but the Earth will be fine.

    It's hard to find balance in the day-to-day modern life tho.

    Myself? I try to make it out to some kind of outdoor-sy adventure every few weeks.
    Force a little tech dis-connect every now and again.

    It's hard to make the effort sometimes.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    I agree with Asher. Yes, I think we've "strayed" a bit "too far" at present, and unfortunately as George Carlin commented on many times, it's unfortunate that, at least in the U.S., the rhetoric has always been along the lines of "save the planet."

    I agree with previous sentiments about how we've frankly "defiled" the planet, but I realize that it's subjective in reality: unfortunately, on the other side of the aisle, that line of thinking leads to the logical fallacy of "well, then nothing I/we do matters, because nature will bounce back."

    --TIMEOUT--

    Even if we all nuked ourselves into oblivion, the Earth would still be here, and in time the effects of nuclear fallout, bombs, and traces of our concrete jungles would all but fade away entirely. As nice a thought it is, the cold reality of our situation, I believe, should not be thought of as "saving mother earth" or such ilk: we need to make concentrated efforts, not just as nations but as a species, to conserve our natural environment for OUR benefit, for OUR survival.

    Hopefully, we're a the precipice of realizing this and actually putting some of these ideas into practice (which, of course, we in the U.S. have taken baby steps towards, and many other countries have already taken increased measures of their own initiative). I think we're in a transition period, because though few, we STILL have people alive today who were either alive themselves, albeit very young, or at least had parents who were alive in the 19th century and much of North America was rugged wilderness, with seemingly unending space and inexhaustible resources. It's a bit of a cultural shift from the way grandma n' grandpa may have done it, but times change. We know better, now. We can't consume, consume, consume, build, build, build (and, oh yeah, reproduce, reproduce, reproduce) without giving it a second thought, anymore.

    I was struck the other day when I heard David Attenborough--who God bless him, as of this writing is still with us--mention something about how, when he started his career in the 1950s, the global population was like 2.5 billion...it's now 7 billion, and that's within one human being's lifetime. (Can you imagine how that must feel? I guess we'll probably know when we're all in our eighties and crankily trying to tell kids "There used to be this thing called GRASS! And these other things called TREES! And these really cool creatures called tigers, and gorillas, and elephants, and they were just IN THE WILD not in zoos!")

    We'd better get our collective shit together.
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    I would say that this has been a long time coming and that there have also been plenty of warning signs along the way. It seems that those warning signs are just getting bigger and most catastrophic though, so I guess we shall see where this takes us.

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    Myself, I can not stand living in a city any more than Crocodile Dundee. Well, it's fine to visit for chit-chat, but I hate living in a noisy area and even the suburbs have neighbors that are way too close for comfort. Oh, and of course, the pollution is a big disadvantage of a lot of urban areas and why I don't want to live there. Nonetheless, though, of course, some places are worse than others like a part of Seoul, South Korea I visited or Mexico City.
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    I look forward to the future and our technological advancements. It is but an inevitability that some damage will be caused along the way.

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