The Bum's Dime

I remember reading Walden in highschool, but I did not have as much appreciation for it as I do now. It is not that I did not appreciate nature, as I have always found sanctuary in the woods, but rather I did not appreciate the connection between man and nature. I attribute this new found appreciation for man in and among nature to a shift in my thoughts and ideas. The funny thing is, now I never have a chance to spend countless hours romping through the majesty that is the woods. I would like to change that. Things happen in the woods, glorious things. I remember a time when I was walking down the banks of a small stream and as I turned the corner there was a large white crane, standing solidliy on one foot. The light spilled through the cover above as though to illuminate this peaceful and powerful animal. The moment was beautiful. 

I think the raw charm of nature has been lost. In the past 10 years, with the chances of drastic global climate change increasing, people have begun to value nature differently. They have begun to see nature as something that is needed; it is part of the existence, the planet, and our lives. The problem though, is that people still distance themselves from nature. We appreciate the need for action in these times (look at how fashionable the green movement has become) but we do it from our cozy living rooms while watching national geographic or discovery channel. In the section of Walden entitled 'Ponds', he states that those who have purchased huckleberries or grown them for profit never capture their true flavor. I think this it similar to how we view nature today. We can experience it through television, books, the internet, but there is a lack of first hand experience of natures wonderous theatre. I can only hope that in the future people will begin not only to be 'green' to save their own asses from climate change but to do it for an appreciation of what is all around us.



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    August 2009



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