Man’s Heart Away from Nature

Man’s Heart Away from Nature

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“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’

But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.

But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear

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2 thoughts on “Man’s Heart Away from Nature

  1. This quote is so spot on. We have become detached from the natural world which sustains us. We have completely forgotten how to live in harmony with it. We treat it like a commodity that is completely separate from us. Just like we have a tendency to disparage one another, we have disparaged the natural world, making it less than rather than a gift to be treated with respect. This concept of separation is one of the great tragedy’s of this age.

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