As I sit here writing this piece, I cannot help but think of how society is increasingly disconnected from the natural order and being synthetically connected through technology. Mankind was meant to wander, work hard and be surrounded by family. The promises of technology are always the same: less work and more time for leisure. But is that true?
In the West most people have health issues stemming from diet, lack of movement and mental strain. The West is also the richest and most technologically advanced society to ever come into existence. What gives?
We, as a people, give. We give away our time, treasure and health for more material goods and technology. Most of us spend our days tied to a desk. We travel in cars; our leisure is around the glow of the television screen instead of the hearth. We are human beings who have become human doers of nothing.
We own so much stuff we rent buildings to store it in. Our homes are climate controlled and we do our best to stay out of the rain and cold because “you will get sick.” We have created buildings, gyms, that exist to simulate real work, but no one goes because we know that it isn’t real work and it is boring.
Why the disconnect? I believe it is an instinctual, that to survive we should eat while times are good and rest so we will have energy when times are tough. It makes complete sense in an environment based on scarcity. Our problem? We have no real problems and that is the biggest problem.
Western societies are becoming hopeless, “what’s the point of it all?” Tie that to the modernist dogma of relativism and there really is no point. If nothing is true, or at least it is so individualized that no one can be sure, and if all your primal needs are met… there is no greater good. None. People are living for today by waiting to die tomorrow.
The solution is to beat this mentally crisis is to get back into nature and do things without electronic gadgets. Electronic screens trick your monkey brain into thinking the sun has never set. It makes you think that it is time to hunt, gather, fish and work. Is it any wonder that we never feel rested?
Leave your gadget at home. Go catch a fish, build a fire, cook it and eat it. Go for a hike, stop when you get tired, pick some berries. No one has ever regretted going berry picking! You just fulfilled all your primal needs and the dopamine high is steady and natural.
Don’t want to go outside? I got you. Light candles instead of turning on the lights. My family loves when the power goes out. We light candles, read books and play cards. Without fail we are in bed an hour earlier. Your body interrupts the lights differently and your body, mind and soul can relax.
That is what nature designed you for. Hunting, fishing, gathering and then leisure. In America we have so much public land, we have no real excuse other than we haven’t found the time to go. There is hope and contentment in reconnecting us to our primal ancestors. Take a night, take a weekend and reset your mind.
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