Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
by John Muir
I must agree with Muir on this point. I’ve been there – tired, nerve-shaken, and caught up in the lifestyle that society was pushing for me. Expectations abounded from every direction, and yet I felt disconnected from the modern world. There was a big hole in my life that I couldn’t identify. My family members often joke that I should have been born in another age – hundreds or thousands of years ago. That makes perfect sense to me logically, but in truth, I know that I was born into this world at EXACTLY the right time. I know that my life has purpose, and perhaps that purpose is to help the technology-driven, advertising-influenced, mass-controlled civilization in which I was placed to see life through another perspective – to get back to our roots as a people.
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