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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 30 2013: Aren't those breathtaking locations breathtaking BECAUSE they are untouched by the Westernisation bug? Is there some truth in the notion that the Westernisation of traditional cultures and tourism is corrosive of what we consider "breathtaking" - but at the same time what traditional culture sees as their own routine normality? Do we not destroy what we love to see?

    It's difficult to unpick the complex mechanisms and interactions going on in the meeting of cultures, but I'm pretty sure that the myriad differences in ingrained perceptions of "normality" has something to do with it. I also think that the idea of spiritual and mental growth in the West is far different to the idea of what it is in a traditional culture. In other words, we would tend to endow every culture, no matter how they have evolved over thousands of years, with aspirational Western sensibilities, and our somewhat arrogant ideas of what spiritual and mental "growth" actually is.

    Growth is by nature energy hungry, and what feeds that growth has to be sustained somewhere, somehow. If the thing feeding the growth has reached equilibrium, sometimes it's best to stay comfortably still - and blindly follow religion and culture without much independent thought.

    Could it be the "equilibrium" of people, culture and landscape in balance that we find so breathtaking?

    It's interesting that Western culture has the potential to be a potent contaminant of traditional cultures - never the other way round.

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