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Simona Rich

Self Improvement Blogger, Simona Rich

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Does living in harmony with nature make you grow as a person?

When I lived in UK I met many creative people interested in self improvement, spirituality and natural living. They were people from the cities, either London or cities abroad.

When I moved to India, I witnessed some breath-taking locations untouched by the Westernization bug. However in those locations people were all about blindly following religion and culture, without much independent thought.

Even to this day I wonder why generally people who are most in touch with nature are least interested in spiritual and mental growth.


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    Aug 17 2013: @ Jhonny Atman: 'Perhaps this is just a melancholic reaction of the colonialist blueprint, and you could soon be re-invaded be England!'
    Maybe. But it appears to me the observation and conclusion are both too sweeping and in too little time. History goes through cycles. It is interesting observation that people only start growing spirituality when their basic needs are covered. That is why people of India were traditionally happy in their land and with their produce and, generally, as a group of adventurers, explorers or emissaries never invaded a foreign culture in known history, certainly not by ships or on horseback yielding swords. Those who did it to India did because in their lands they were not covered once. I don't wish that underdeveloped mental or spiritual mindset of these people changed by any external light, more particularly, because in few decades they will comprise one quarter of humanity.
    I am very uncomfortable with unsolicited help, the kind that 'white' men offered to Native Americans once, or in Australia or in New Zealand. I am more uncomfortable with the help offered in the name of spirituality as religion sneaks behind it as it did in Africa, in India or in Philippines.
    People who are most in touch with nature should be left with nature.

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