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When we live in an artificial world, we ourselves become artificial. Is convenience worth it?

We are surrounding ourselves more and more with artificial lighting, artificial transportation, artificial activity, artificial appearance etc. It seems as though we are trying to completely disconnect ourselves from natural realities because they are uncomfortable at times and inconvenient to our immediate pursuit of a pleasant sensation.

It also seems that we have reached a point where a lot of us think that we are different from nature, perhaps because some people have spent their whole lives without spending a moment in an un-manicured forest. We are completely interconnected with the rivers, mountains, forests, oceans etc. Without their existence, we cannot exist. If we find an absurd way through science to exist without nature, I am assured it will not be a life worth living. Therefore, Our mental and physical well being directly depends on our interaction with nature.

Any thoughts?


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  • Feb 28 2014: What's wrong with artificial?
    My nature as a human being dictates that I get sick, have to go through hell to get replacement parts when something breaks down (when they're available at all), and eventually I grow old and die. Not to mention that I can't see in the dark, can only communicate as far as my voice will carry, and can't go any faster then the capacity of my natural and limited legs.

    You don't have to live with everything nature gives you. Some of it is in dire need of replacement.
    Natural doesn't always equate to good.
    • Mar 1 2014: Hi Nadav. Thanks for replying and sharing your perspective.

      My ultimate goal in life is to create happiness and peace inside and around me. My observations have proven to me that unpleasent situations/sensations are unavoidable in life. I have also noticed that the drive to change things outside of myself for the pursuit of a temporary pleasent sensation causes my mind to take advantage/minipulate others which results in suffering in the other person and in myself aswell. Therefore i have found that learning to change my relationship/accept outside situations and sensations inside is more productive work toward peace and happiness than trying to manipulate outside conditions (creating artificial environment)

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