It would seem that nature has been rendered useless for quite sometime now. As a species, we’ve grown up. We no longer need to forage for our food, we can just pick it up a the store on the street corner. We no longer need to find a cave for shelter, we can just rent an apartment with a great view of the city. We no longer need to protect ourselves from predators or competition, wildlife simply does not exist in our cities.
Nature has been reduced to nothing more than a vestigial organ for society. It had a purpose at one point in our evolution. It was hard and cruel but it still sustained our species. However, this wilderness is no longer vital for our survival. Why spend all of this money and effort into saving species so weak that they are about to become extinct? Why do our countries create all of these forest preserves when that land can be cleared to give us cheaper real estate price?
This makes sense for a world that is only concerned with its own growth. With this narrow mindset, nature can only be a hindrance. We see this philosophy in action each time a society values its own vainglorious desire for power over all else. Whether it be modern China, medieval Iceland, or colonial America, the end result is the same. It always brings about the total destruction of its wilderness. If its purpose lies in more and more humans, the land is doomed.
Suppose your nation valued something different. What if it valued not the quantity of its people but their quality? Those untamed and wild areas suddenly have new meaning.
They become places where you can go to escape those epicenters of human production we call cities. They become places where you can feel your body become pure as you breathe air unpolluted by smog. They become places where you can get lost among the stars in the night sky instead of the orange glowing haze of city lights. They become places where you are are something more than a cog in the machine of human progress. You are your own person in wilderness. You are free.
When you go into wilderness, you see a world outside of modernity. It is a true alternative. It is a land both ancient and ageless. It is a land not affected with the multitude of petty issues people create for themselves. It’s cold, hard reality without any frills or unnecessary parts.
If you want your own society to be simpler, more effective, and more profound, immerse yourself in nature. It’s an endless source of inspiration for a society that works.