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7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
The love, art, and the beauty that pours from nature are some of the things that keep me going in life.
In modern times, we have evolved away from the natural world, and this is the cause of monumental problems in our society. The rejection and abuse of nature is essentially an abuse of God, as He is in all things.
Although evidence of God is all around us, spending any time in nature will yield the most amount of tangible evidence. Perhaps this is caused by our upbringing in a technologically advanced society. Our alienation from the natural (real) world has made natural landscapes become alien to us. This is why it has become a "novelty." We travel out of the cityscape to the remote, we spend a few hours admiring it, and then we retreat back to the safety of the known and comfortable. This is not how human beings were meant to experience the planet.
In ancient times, the natural world is what gave us life. That is not to say that it never gave us struggle, but it did give us ALL of the elements for life, and our symbiotic relationship with the planet was how God intended.
Many Christians (or anyone, for that matter) today are so caught up in the construct, that they have started to forget what is real. The symbiotic relationship with nature is all but completely gone from our mind, and our children are growing up without the stimulation OR the knowledge that nature brings to the philosophical table. This is an atrocity, and we must reverse the trend.
One of the main culprits, is unfortunately what we have become reliant on. Technology.
Machines are the false gods of this age.
Not unlike the matrix, the construct has created a barrier from the real world. It is easy to argue that the culture and the construct are “real,” but the reality is a bit more sophisticated. Sure we have engineered the construct. We built the buildings, we invented the technology, and we programmed the computers, but no one anticipated that all of this would become the veil to be pulled down over our eyes. We need to recognize that we have been made slaves of a system that we cannot clearly see.
I feel my own addiction to it, but I also see the addiction in others, especially children. We must ask, what causes addiction? One answer that makes sense to me is that one is looking for an escape. We like to think that we are happy, but we are obviously starving for something. Our collective retreat into the digital realm gives us this false sense of hope and meaning. We feel like we are close to our friends by liking their posts on social media, but we are further alienating ourselves from true community. It is not a social gathering, it is digital heroin.
On the internet, you are whoever you say you are. Our lives look monumentally more perfect and interesting and glamorous, as we typically choose to post and share all of the pleasurable moments, omitting the negative and difficult truths of reality, and this gives us this false sense of security that everything is “ok.” It also gives us a false sense that everyone’s life is perfect but ours.
I speak from my own experience, as someone who suffered with depression, when I would get online and look at all of my friends and family living these amazing lives, I would, in the moment, vicariously experience their happiness. However, when I would snap back to reality, I would feel like a failure for not experiencing the happiness I saw in my friends. Essentially, I was using social media as a temporary sedative, with a severely negative withdrawal.
All that said, social media is such a small part of the actual problem we face.
We have become slaves to the machines.
As much as we hear this in our daily headlines, the reality of our addiction has yet to fully reach us. How immersed into technological domination will our children be in 10 years? How immersed will we be? I see the behaviors of the young ones in my life, and it troubles me. I can see that they live through the lens of the digital world. Whenever they are not on a computer, they are talking about, and thinking about their digital lives. It takes quite a bit of time and effort to convince them to do something other than be on the computer, and even then, they are easily bored and start craving the digital realm again. They are hooked on the hyper stimulation (/simulation). We have to address it if we want to raise the future generation to resist the technocracy. We can only lead by example. We do our best to tell the kids the truth about modern tech, but actually maintaining an environment with limited exposure to it is also important.
Terence McKenna speaks on "an Archaic Revival," and that is certainly something we need. But what would it look like? Are we too dependent on tech to go completely without it? Or can we use it in a way that will help, instead of hinder us?
What can we do with this information? Obviously, spending more time in nature is good, we know this, but is it enough? I suspect that we need something more. A return to a symbiotic relationship with the earth seems imperative, almost as much as abandoning a toxic culture of consumerism and creating a culture that actually encompasses our vision. It is a difficult road, but as a friend recently reminded me, we are only hindering ourselves. We have spent enough time talking, now its time for doing.