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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 31 2013: Hello Simona,
    One reason that people in India are not that much into self-improvement (as in psychological and spiritual growth) but Westeners are, is due to religion.
    Westerners are still culturally shot through with the "Protestant Work Ethic" by which one gains brownie points with God through work, charity and becoming a better version of ourselves. Also the notion that we are 'fallen' (we disobeyed God and got kicked out of Paradise), and are therefore guilty and have to redeem ourselves adds impetus to this.
    By contrast, Indian culture is much more shot through with the notion of 'karma' where one accepts one's lot in life which is 'justified' by how previous incarnations have been lived. Reincarnation adds to the idea "well, there's always another round" and takes away motivation to "self-improve" in this life.
    Whether one lives in beautiful nature, or in a horrible city is irrelevant to all of this.

    A similar but less marked difference like this can be seen in differing attitudes between northern and southern European countries. The northern ones are (again) strongly Protestant Work Ethic. The southern countries are mainly culturally Catholic where the impetus to entrepreneurship (both in business, and personally) is not nearly as strong. (I'm an English person living in Portugal by the way).

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