[ 11/Mar/21 ]
Take someone out, and actually get them engaged with some aspect of nature.
Doesn’t matter what – whatever it is that interests them?
One conversation, one engagement, at a time.
It might be looking at the sky, the clouds, feeling the wind, looking at some plant, some insect, a tree, an animal, a babbling brook, a seaside rock pool.
It might be talking about how plants are necessary to make the air we breath, the air we need to burn our petrol and coal and wood. It might be that many of those plants are in the ocean and too small to be seen, but still vitally important to our lives. If we dump too much in the oceans, cut down too many trees, then eventually we die of suffocation.
It might be about how much of the rain we need for our crops comes from trees. Again, if we cut down too many then we start getting massive crop failure due to droughts.
It might just be looking at the intricacy of life, all life; complex beyond the capacity of any mind to deal with in detail, so we necessarily have to simplify it to make any sense at all of it, and most of that happens subconsciously, and that is a trap, because reality is almost always more complex and subtle and uncertain than any model we make of it.
It might be being clear that any freedom without responsibility necessarily destroys itself. Freedom and responsibility have to always be joined together if we are to survive. All systems have necessary sets of boundaries for their existence, and maintaining those boundary conditions is party of responsibility – at all levels. And freedom is an essential part of being human, and so is being responsible – to the best of our limited and fallible abilities.
It might be discussing how all complex life is the result of new levels of cooperation between systems.
Whatever it is, engaging with them in reality, is what will make the difference.