When and why did so-called civilised humans stop to coexist with nature?
Did their fears and anxieties drive them to fight and conquer nature?
book 2, travelling
I was in the middle of a dream when I realised that I had just discovered something that might be important. I got so excited that I started to wake up and as I did, I was afraid of losing this train of thoughts. So I kept repeating the main points to myself until I was awake enough to grab the next best pen and write down what I had just discovered or experienced or probably both. This is how and when I wrote the first draft for digesting for book 2, travelling.
‘Look, you really have to let this sink in and think about it. Digesting. Sit yourself down and look at how your body works, and never stops changing, never stops digesting, or cleaning the blood, or fighting some infection, pumping liquid through the system, or whatever else it does. And here’s the thing that struck me. The body, and nature in general, is in constant motion. Nature works because it constantly digests, renews. It’s alive. It even recycles. No better, it constantly makes new life possible by dying, because a fallen leaf serves as nutrient for new life. And that’s where humans get things wrong. We don’t produce or build that way. We produce and set up so many things that aren’t alive. That’s how we’re killing our planet. Our planet can only live if it constantly digests, and we block the system with our products, buildings, streets. And we don’t think in terms of digesting, renewing, not even in terms of being alive.’
book 2, travelling
digesting & coexisting
A train of thoughts and a magical valley
A collection of scenes & quotes from book 2, travelling, plus additional notes
When I decided to publish the thoughts around digesting in a dedicated collection, I had a look around book 2, travelling, and noticed that another scene was a perfect companion to the first, this time the big question about coexisting with nature was central.
Later, I included a few quotes from the Australia chapter which add some thoughts on the relation between human and nature.
A train of thoughts
A magical valley
- The human habitat
& the human role in nature
Coexisting with nature is a recurring concern and theme in the easy town projects.