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The Nature Principle Paperback – April 17, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161620141X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616201418
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Algonquin Books; Reprint Edition (April 17, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even in watching my own overgrown backyard, I get that feeling as I observe the animal & plant life there, often just observing for an hour or two, from insects to the occasional deer & even foxes that pass through. To say nothing of the many birds that come to our feeders! It doesn't take too long to begin recognizing individuals by their particular markings & behavior, they all have distinct personalities & traits. This also gives me a visceral feeling of oneness with them, in that the human animal isn't terribly different from any other animal. As I've said, it's humbling … but in a way that expands my awareness & sense of kinship.
I'm not quite as sanguine about the author's belief that the digital world & the natural world can form a greater whole; but I'll admit that my own personal bias is making itself felt in that. But if we're to have a world of both Nature & tech, I much prefer the balance to tilt more towards Nature. But this involves a different worldview than our current one, so enmeshed in technology & its myth of perpetual progress; and that's an entirely different book! (See Theodore Roszak's THE VOICE OF THE EARTH for one.)
That said, this is a fine introduction to a wealth of ideas & possibilities for a more natural world, one in which human beings have a chance of approaching sanity & wholeness regarding daily existence. It's not the last word, but the opening statement for further discussion & thought. That's desperately needed in these times -- most highly recommended!
To support this bold claim, he uncovers what is an extremely persuasive body of evidence – theoretical, anecdotal and empirical – that nature really does have a significant power to restore, heal and energize.
If you weren’t already aware of the healing power of nature, you will be even after reading just the first few chapters of this book. The book is based on what Louv has defined in his earlier books as the concept of Nature Deficit Disorder – the gap between people and nature. To restore this gap requires a transformation; a reunion of humans with the rest of nature. Louv seems to be happily devoting his life to helping people identify this gap, and giving them practical ideas how to bridge it.
He asks what our lives would be like if we were as fully immersed in nature as we are in technology. Not that he ever comes across as a 21st century Luddite. On the contrary, Louv is as keen to make optimal use of technological advances as anyone else. But he argues that there has to be more than technology filling our lives, even going as far as saying that “the future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, businesses and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of nature, and who balance the virtual with the real.”
The Nature Principle is an extremely well-researched book. The author’s thoughts are well-arranged, and he communicates in an easy and persuasive manner. But it’s no “pie in the sky” approach. He is extremely practical about how people can connect with nature, and is particularly passionate about how nature can be introduced into school and college curricula. He would also like to see “time in nature” prescribed by doctors and psychologists, which clearly makes sense.
In my own experience, I fully agree with Louv: “Nature can help us feel fully alive.” Reading this book may be your first step towards agreeing too.
Louv focuses on seven basic concepts that tap into the restorative power of nature. Combining ideas and information from both well-known naturalists through history as well as current research, Louv provides compelling arguments for the importance of the natural world in today's society.
If you're looking for a book to guide the future of the nature movement, this would be a great place to start.