We are, and always have been, entirely dependent on Nature.
Make no mistake. Everything we have created; every artificial field blooming with wheat, every shiny new car, all the music that has ever been made – everything – boils down to one, unifying source: the Natural world.
The front door to your house is a familiar colour and shape, outlined by the door frame that tells you you’re home. The lock, which you know intimately, might only open with a very specific turn of the key, at a precise angle.
The ritual of coming home is a process which makes you feel calm and relaxed – back at last, you can breathe easy.
Sometimes, it’s better to let Nature do the talking.
Beyond that first eye-opening glance, look closer at all of these photos and you’ll begin to see that Nature’s beauty not only defines continents and landscapes; but also the finest detail in everything around us.
There is a paper-thin border that separates the land and air we know so well, from the green-tinged, sun-veined underwater.
The coast around our little Island – within reach by an hour or two of even the most land-bound towns – is a life plastered wilderness, where wide-bodied, multicoloured fish hide in the shallows, and jellyfish ghost their way between snake-charmed flotillas of seaweed.
As far as we know, Human beings (Homo sapiens, that is) began to populate Eastern Africa around 150,000 years ago. Every single one of those people – smart, inventive people, living lives with just as many ecstatic highs and crushing lows as ours – lived without a mobile phone.
That’s 149,980 years of our collective history (if we say the mobile phone became commonplace in the last twenty years). Humans that looked just like us played out long lives and short lives, happy and sad existences; with many remarkable achievements and tragic losses – and all without the comfort of a mobile phone. Continue reading →