What is it to be human?

What is it to be human?

"Because we can't escape our ancient hunger to live close to nature, we encircle the house with lawns and gardens, install picture windows, adopt pets and Boston ferns, and scent everything that touches our lives." - D. Ackerman

 ♡...ahh, so true, so true! 

Where does nature end and we being?

I was reading about the philosopher
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (born in 1712) this week.  I found it interesting that even back in his time during the Age of Enlightenment which was centered on intellectual progress, Rousseau countered that rather then working towards these futuristic ideals, man was better off in the 'state of nature' where he is not chained by the confines of civilization.

It seems funny to me that in 1700's there was even a struggle with feeling disconnected with nature...and now, some mere 300 years later we are on the brink of grappling with the question ~ what is it to even be human anymore?

Technology is changing us so quickly. We don't grow our own food or source our own water. We have practically lost all the wisdom of the plants we used as medicine from our ancestors. We don't often gather with our tribes and we certainly can't sit in a room, quiet without distractions anymore. 

And yet with all these technological advances, many of us continue to seek nature in our lives in the ways that we can. Its crazy to think that we are separate from the food we eat, the sun, the water, the air we breath. We are not cyborgs yet. 

~ Lutska

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