|I came across these amazing mushrooms on a recent walk in the woods behind my home.|
When I go for hikes in the woods I melt right into my surroundings. I meld with everything around me. I cease to exist in my individual, solitary state and merge with everything else. I am in my place and at peace. I am at home.
Modern life separates us from this place of peace. So-called civilized people are "above nature", have "transcended the natural world". We have stopped being participants in a cooperative venture and have taken a competitive ownership over all lower life forms.
Our natural humility has been replaced with an ugly hubristic pride. We are the most important organism on the planet, and everything else is here to serve us. There is us, and there is the environment. We do not want to be associated with that messy, chaotic system.
Wendell Berry challenges us to find "where the line can be drawn between an organism and its environment." "The environment, he says, "is in you."
"It's passing through you. You're breathing it in and out. You and every other creature."
Whatever we do to the environment we do to ourselves, because we are an inextricable part of the whole. No more or less important than anything else.
We are the environment and the environment is us. Just go for a quiet walk in nature and you can get a glimpse of the connection between you and everything else. You are home.