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Are we losing the ability to marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds us?

Our world is so filled with the newest tech. toys, cells phones surgically attached to our hips, commercials & governments telling us what to eat,wear, act & think, hurrying here & there to meet dead lines or appointments, and pills of all sorts to slim us down, improve sex life, & extent life, that I wonder how many of us take the time to just sit back & enjoy the view?

To just find a spot, with a nice view of nature, plop down our butt, shut our mouths, open our eyes & ears, and just let out brains drift. What wonders we could find within us, just by letting our minds float on the breeze & mingle with the clouds. To become one again with the child within all of us, to just "Be".

They say that all the answers to all our questions are already within us, it's just a case of letting them come to the surface. So what better way to do that then to just let our minds drift away from every day "stuff"? To once again enjoy the beauty that surrounds us all.

Are we losing that ability with so many advancements in our hurried lives?

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    Oct 16 2012: I agree with Edward that I don't think we lose our ability to marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. I do think many people's lives give them less time to enjoy the outdoors, and many people live in very built up urban settings without significant access to natural beauty.

    I absolutely do not believe that "the answers to all our questions are already within us." I believe that those who say that are mistaken and that we all have a lot to learn from engaging with people and experiences from which we can learn what is not already inside us.
    • Oct 16 2012: I didn't say, I believed all answers were inside each of us, I simply stated:"They say..."
      You don't have to live near a forest, park, etc. to enjoy natural beauty. A potted plant can & does usually, fill that gap.
      But we do lose our abilities. Our ancestors had much better survival skills then we do today as a species.
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        Oct 16 2012: Ooops! Survival skills are not the same as the ability to enjoy Nature. If you meant to ask if we are losing our survival skills I wish to change my answer to "YES".
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        Oct 16 2012: I agree with Edward that if you meant not "our ability to marvel at the natural beauty around us" but rather our Survival skills, yes, I believe we are losing our survival skills.

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