Nature Deficit Disorder

Lack of exposure to nature creates disconnection from nature.

Nature is all around awaiting discovery.

Nature is all around us awaiting discovery.

I occasionally read sad stories in my local media of senseless cruelty against wildlife around my town of Colchester: the smashing of barn owl eggs; people suffocated badgers by closing their den up.  People have no opportunity to expose themselves to nature, and thus connect with nature, some experts call “Nature Deficit Disorder.”

Technology, far from liberating, enslaves the individual to a relentless need for entertainment and personal validation, backed by demands of television, homework, cellphones and money earning.  Many view nature as a health and safety risk, so that it is either managed or avoided.  The situation is best illustrated in a satirical YouTube video called “The discovery of the last child in the woods.”

The solution is simple: expose yourself to nature.

The indigenous Native American expresses a connection to nature in this video:

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23 responses to “Nature Deficit Disorder

  1. What a wonderful enchanting video Alex, and would that our younger generation grow up with the same wisdom and knowledge as they learn to connect with Nature..

    Yes so many senseless acts against nature and beast are done by those who disrespect not only the natural world, but they hold no respect for themselves or their elders… Nature has within it its own natural hierarchy and will teach its offspring respect as it learns by discipline… We see it in nature all the time..

    We only have to look at the disgusting statistics on the Badger cull here in the UK as it extends its length of Culling as it hasn’t reached its 70% of target yet… I wonder how many young badger cubs have been left to starve to death in their dens as they shot and injured their parents.. And what makes me more sad is that no tests at ALL are being carried out on any of these badgers to see if they carry the TB … its disgraceful…
    I think not only are some local people around our countryside suffering with the disorder, but I think some of our establishment is too Alex…

    Wishing you a great start to the week, and finally it has stopped raining! just this minute after more that 72 hours at least..

    • Hi Sue, the video expresses how it should be with all young people and nature.

      The decision makers in the UK are unscientific and unwise in their approach to the Badger Cull,

      I am glad the rain has stopped for I will be camping in nature tonight.

  2. That many view nature as unhealthy and a safety risk is what surprised me the most when we first embarked upon living out of doors. We would frequently encounter people who were extremely frightened that we slept outside. They shook their heads in wonder, they worried (one woman even cried!), they thought and told us we were crazy for doing so, they told of their (unnecessary) worries of bears and bugs and asked such questions as, What do you do when it rains? That we slept in the rain, was as unimaginable as it is to those who have only lived as long as the normalcy of television and wondered what you do if you don’t possess a television (I suppose the same is happening with those who do not have a cellphone). These responses actually surprised and saddened us, as we did not expect all of this ‘hype’ about living out doors. Didn’t anyone remember when they played outside and what they felt like? But it is evident of the deep change within human nature and just how “civilized” we have become. To have what appears to be an instinctual fear of nature, rather than a comfort or at least a curiousity to engage within like children playing on a playground, shows just how deeply ingrained technological advances have become with the human nature. The safety of technological gadgets is far more normal than the exposure of nature. It still strikes me as strange to this day, because we still get strange looks and expressions when we say that we live outside by choice and that we can’t be homeless because the earth is our home.

    • When I tell people I have not had a television for years, or have no Facebook account they think I am deprived in some manner. Few people question me about my camping because I am in a location few visit.

      It is sad that people view nature with such anxiety and that those of us who do go out in nature are regarded as unusual.

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  5. I have posted on NDD before, and it is the subject of my Monday Moan on Eco-Crap today, linked here.
    NDD is definitely a problem.

    AV

  6. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you! I just ran into the most horrible depressing video complaining about the preposterous (to them!) idea that Nature should have any legal rights or be treated with more respect than any human’s momentary desire to do something that harms nature. I was just thinking “no more blogging/reading blogs it is too upsetting!”. But your post reminded m e that bloggers like you and Serenity Spell always elevate my perspective and my day. Thank you! !

  7. Bit slow in saying how wonderful this post was.

    Have you come across Patrice Ayme? Try his latest post -http://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/rewilding-us/

    When you read it, you will see the relevance of that to this post of yours.

    Paul

  8. Thanks Paul for the reference, and Alex for the post.
    It goes without saying that the attitude in Britain relatively to badgers and owls is primitive, and an indication of a nature derangement syndrome.

    In France, there are several species of eagles, and vultures one tries to reintroduce massively. Also wolves are hated by some sheperds. Yet, nobody is even noticing the numerous foxes and badgers…

    Basically, my argument is that our neurologies have potentialities that can only come into existence by exposition to nature. So, indeed, those with no exposure to nature are affected with a neurological deficit disorder.
    PA

    • I think the lack of exposure to nature impacts people on many levels from health (allergies), to the “neurological deficit disorders” that also impact relationships with each other and self. Thanks for your great comment.

  9. Reblogged this on Forest of Peace and commented:
    Nature Mom: My Family

    We shouldn’t waste any more time in making sure that democracy is properly rooted in our political life and the supremacy of the law becomes an integral part of our state’s structure.

  10. I loved that video. I recently heard of a group of students who beat a opossum to death, for no reason than fun. Those stories sadden me.

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  13. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    This is so touching. My heart feels the words. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Barbara

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