Who Needs Nature?

by Inga Yandell

Who Needs Nature?

In the digital age, we immerse ourselves in the socially orchestrated realm of our culture, far away from the organic world that once incubated us. In this comfortable domain, it is easy to forget nature. Surely we don’t need it in a daily environment that is almost entirely synthetic. Without doubt, there is much to recommend our new and exciting, constructed world.

Yet scratch the surface and we see symptoms of a burgeoning unease. Many living within this comfortable scenario still feel lonely, disconnected, and disillusioned. Nothing seems to mean anything, life seems pointless and many people mask this disquiet with narcissistic behavior, trivial distractions and obsessive over-indulgence.

Is this to be our future?

Nature is oblivious to our petty follies and operates beyond our ideological nets, radiating the same grace and dignity it always has. It continues to embody a sense of purpose that is fundamental to how life came to be in the first place. But we too are alive and despite our best efforts to override it, still a part of the scheme. Perhaps that is what we must recognise and embrace.

We can be active participants in nature, a world that is energising, mysterious and profound, and quite possibly, more a key to our well-being than many may imagine.

About the Author

Robert Hollingworth is a successful and talented visual artist as well as a respected writer. Hollingworth’s literary works include his memoir, Nature Boy, and They Called Me the Wildman: The Prison Diary of Henricke Nelsen, which was shortlisted for the SA Premier’s Literary Awards Fiction prize in 2010 and, since 2009, has been included on both the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge List. Robert Hollingworth’s last work of fiction was Smythe’s Theory of Everything.

Learn more about the increasing divide between nature and culture as we explore Robert’s new novel ‘The Color of Night’ (Hybrid Publishing, October, $24.95) in the next issue of Bare Essentials.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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