12thAugust ‘10  (taken from my personal journal…)

What is it to be a modern day human?

It is; to be blind to the world, its sights, sounds and smells.  The information carried on the wind that constantly gives living creatures the opportunity to experience existence.

The modern day human has grown up within a world that shuns the beauty of the
sunset, the feel of the summer rain, the peace of the meadow and the
spiritually satisfying solitude that can be found in a forest, or on a mountain
top.

When still a young child, before we learn to read, to rationalise and to submit to
the trap of civilisation, the potential to develop this appreciation of nature
is still at its height.

Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. – John Betjeman

To learn it later requires a huge amount of effort and intentional developmental direction, especially if you are a person that has been raised to believe that life can only be made more full by financial and material wealth.

This belief, though shallow, has a very tough guard to break down; to peer through.

Through the mists I drove, 
Not really sure where I was going.
Through the mists I drove
Not really seeing, not really knowing.
Through the mists I drove,
When suddenly… on a rise I popped out into pure sunlight.
The sheer beauty could not be described – wordless!
I never want to join the others in the mists again.

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