The malignancy of consumer society is the drive to mask our connection to nature, as though it is secondary (if not irrelevant) to our lives, when, in fact, every aspect of our lives can be traced back to the natural world. We cannot exist without a healthy and balanced natural world. It can exist without us.

When I was younger, I could drive to arboretums and wooded areas where I could walk for an hour without meeting someone. Even Detroit’s Palmer Park was relatively secluded at certain times of the day. Those spots are harder and harder to find, and when we find them we should embrace them.

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