Can you think of that moment you felt infinite? You could have sworn that nature was on your side and it was nested deep in your heart. That’s because we are truly connected with it. I believe we are connected to nature because we’ve always been and it’s essential to our coexistence. We and nature are interconnected in many different paths that complete a complex web of existence. There are other people who have noticed this link too including: David Suzuki, Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan. In their diverse lives they have all discovered an interconnectedness between humankind and nature with environmentalism, Buddhism and quantum physics. Suzuki’s Environmentalism seems to be the easiest for people to understand and realize our connection with nature, but it’s not black and white.
Suzuki spent the majority of his life trying to open our eyes to our connection with the environment. He believes we will and have always affected the planet we live on. We are dependent on it and it on us. In the past we used to live in perfect balance of give and take with the Earth. Our population was at a reasonable low, as was our intelligence. Today we have advanced into a “superspecies”, as Suzuki defines us (Suzuki pg. 428). We had an exponential population growth with technological expansions and economic globalization. Now we dominate the planet and are taking everything that we believe to be ours, in doing so, overthrowing the balance with nature. It hasn’t made our lives better. This is the sole reason Suzuki advocated environmentalism for his entire life (Suzuki pg. 429).
Environmentalism is an ideology focusing on caring for and protecting our planet because if we want to live abundantly and successfully on Earth we need to coexist with it. Suzuki inferred that it’s our duty to fix what’s broken. We had a part in ruining it and we are consciously aware of the damage that has been done. In his advocacy Suzuki realized we can’t start to fix this world until we comprehend that we are all the parts and pieces that create it. I think what Suzuki realized is we are intimately fused with the Earth and anything we do ultimately affects others and nature. “We are the air, we are the water, we are the earth, we are the Sun.” is the epitome of Suzuki’s enlightenment (Suzuki pg. 432). Undoubtedly, we are interconnected with our surroundings; I think we are our surroundings. Just as much as any other animal we need clean air, water, soil and energy. When our lives end we become those resources and are used by others. If this is true, our relationship with nature is indispensable, it’s our past, future and present.
Buddhism, the belief that life is full of suffering because of humanity’s constant pull of desire and that suffering wouldn’t exist if we could rid ourselves of said desires, sees the undeniable link with nature too. In Buddhist teachings it’s shown that we’re all connected, almost as if we are one being. Ricard views life as a constant flow with no...