Saturday, May 19, 2018

Lost to the electronic screens

I think the world would be a better place if people got out in nature more. Too many people spend all day, every day, looking at screens. The simulation of reality is better than reality itself. Of course, if you live in a dirty city, I suppose it could be.

Sometimes my lovely wife and I walk down to the lake to sit quietly and look out over the water. This last time we watched loons, osprey, ducks, and a kingfisher do their stuff. We listened to the wind in the trees and breathed in the air. Small fish came right up to the shore. Insects buzzed lazily around. The sun reflected off the water, illuminating it like a field of diamonds.

It beat the heck out of looking at a screens all day. Of course, the real world also involves the hike down the hill to the water. There's the occasional black fly trying to steal a little blood. The real world is a mix of breath taking beauty, with the occasional spice of danger and petty annoyances. One learns to take the bad with the good.

One thing about my little nature walks: It usually does me a lot of good, both physically and mentally. Hard to get that from the flashing lights on the screens.



  1. I live on the central coast of California 8 miles from the ocean and 10 miles from the mountains (a beautiful National Forest called Los Padres National Forest). Love spending time out there.

    1. Good for you! I believe we really need a connection to the natural world to be healthy.

  2. Amen to that, brother.......