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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 30 2013: I don't think there's any connection between nature and making people like a person. I think "person" is a concept related to society. So I'd like to say living in harmony with your surroundings(including nature,people,.......)in the cultrural society makes people grow as a person. Even if you see the Indians following religion and culture, without much independent thought, I think they are growing in their way if they feel comfortable with their society.If one day they discover there's some better way to go, they can decide to change and grow in another way-maybe the way you prefer.
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      Aug 30 2013: "If one day they discover there's some better way to go, they can decide to change and grow in another way-maybe the way you prefer." -- Usually in traditional cultures being different means being an outcast, but I hope that will change.
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        Aug 31 2013: Thank you for your reply and I'm very glad to see your topic is just like a hot cake having attracted so many people's interest.:)
        I agree with what you said that usually in traditional cultures being different means being an outcast, but I also want to point out this is nothing to do with nature. It's the some characteristic of society,in well-developed societies, this also happens in the similar way: people have to follow their superior or boss's orders or follow the crowd closely connected to their life having much influence on the their life to get peace and safety etc. I think nature is powerful ,it can stimulate your morale in living as well as make you despair. In some undeveloped places, people may have very pure heart and be creative in making a living but they also have difficulties in dealing with some natural disasters or diseases, so they may invent some religions or superstitions to express their desires in life or show respect to the nature. These could be very interesting or not acceptable for the people coming outside of their society. But I think it's their process in developing. Maybe they need time. If there are any unharmonious things existing in their society(for example ,people think they cannot grow in the status of their society,they can choose to change it or not. They may launch wars or revolutions to make it more harmonious in their view and their way.If the bigger society ---some powers in the outside world want to change it , it's also possible for them to change, they should have to be in harmony with their outside society ,the bigger one then. I've visited an ancient Haenyeo village in Korea(I saw their traditional house with modern equipment),people outside the village succeeded in communicating with the village head, so they at last decided to change some of their living traditions and their lives became more comfortable ,meanwhile they are also continuing their traditional custom and passing on spirit in their village
    • Aug 30 2013: Too many wonderfully insightful comments exist here to properly place a response.
      We see Yubal's and Yoka Feng's and get a hint of both different cultural recognitions and the insight of Yoka Feng, so let's explore what we can from them. First, Yoka Feng:
      1. Yes! Person is a concept relating to society. We know that our language capacity is a social tool, or social organ. Should we look at the North American Plains Indians, we find a determined ritual of isolation called a vision quest (hanblechiya in Lakota), where a developing person remains isolated until their brain creates a sincere, comprehensive response to the exertion of will - the will to observe the nature around and intimate within, demanding of oneself to the point of refusing to act upon the brain's recognition of basic vital need. A fierce self-teaching, indeed, and perhaps the ultimate in disciplining oneself to merging what some call spirit with all nature. The vision is interpreted by the experienced, probing until the relationship of individual, time, and place is understood. THere is so much more, but this is just one illustration.
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        Aug 31 2013: I felt being flattered and encouraged by your comment. Thank you very much. I'm very lucky to be able to be here with you all discussing all kinds of things in our lives.

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