welcome you animal...
No that’s not an insult, but a compliment.
Let me explain…
You see for most of human history we lived as hunter-gatherers. During that formative period, we learned to be in communion with nature. We were part of the animal kingdom, not separate from it. The truth is we had little choice to think otherwise. To believe we were above the natural order would mean certain death.
However the last couple of hundred years has changed all of that. We have (while mostly remaining unaware) given up our wildness in favor of domestication. And we are paying the ultimate price with our health.
OUR LOST WILD'LIFE'
While we may have adjusted to modern life: a life of technology, consumption and instant gratification, it is clear most of us in the Western civilized world are not doing well. Rates of depression are skyrocketing, anxiety is rife, and there is an overwhelming sense of meaninglessness. It should be clear to all, that for all the promises of modernity, we don’t seem to be better off for it when it comes to our overall health.
As we look around there is yet another pill, yet another psychological treatment or self-help protocol shoved down our throats. All of which promise to help alleviate our inner pain and angst. Yet, non of these seem to work long term, mostly because what we are told to do to remedy our malaise is grounded in the very problem itself. As Krishnamurti reminds us: “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
And that’s the thing, it’s not that we are inherently sick, but rather that the society we find ourselves in is. In other words its modern society that is making us ill. The antidote I believe to return to a place of lasting health is to re-embrace our Human Animal. How? By drawing on the deep lessons from indigenous wisdom, embodiment, and the intelligence of the natural world. In doing so we can once again return to a state of wild health, or in the words of Henry David Thoreau, ”All good things are wild and free.”
Welcome to the Human Animal Experience!