The modern scientific materialist mind, understandably, demands evidence based research, and I'm glad these kinds of studies are coming forth. When I was an environmental studies student in the 1990s, we had to struggle to put forth the perspective that things like forests had anything more than instrumental value to be sold in the marketplace. Studies like this break open the partiality of that view. The postmodern philosophers gave the environmental philosophers a lot of heck too. For them our experience of "Nature" (if there is such a thing they said) was considered as solely mediated by social constructs. It left open the question of what the real experience of 'nature' really was or could be. But these studies seem to point to some other, more fundamental connection between the human organism and being surrounded by the same surroundings its had for 99.999999 (etc.) of its history. Biophilia? Who knows. Perhaps better to just walk out into the glaringly obvious.
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Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:39
posted by Bruce
As a teenager, struggling with the developmental issues of the time and the perennial question of what to do with my life, I used to take long walks in the 3000 acres of forest that abutted my home. I'd spend long hours not thinking much at all, but occasionally I'd return to the question, "What to be when I grow up? What am I to do with my life?" And the response that invariably arose for me was, "This. Just this. I want nothing more than to be walking in this forest right now." Not a pragmatic response, at least in terms of the question; but an eminently pragmatic one, now that I think about what was going on. Walking in the woods at that time was a deep, sorely needed nourishment for this wounded soul, especially during those uncertain years. Self-administered ecotherapy.
Thank you for celebrating the glaringly obvious.
Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:01
A lovely paragraph, thanks for sharing Bruce.
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