Get Outside When You Need to Connect with Yourself



The beauty of Descanso Gardens

Alienation, that creeping feeling of distance from some object, idea, or even oneself, may signal an authoritarian presence, as Adorno postulated in The Stars Down to Earth (2001). Turning away from the strongman (or woman), whether real or symbolic, takes curiosity about the world-at-large. Getting out becomes imperative. Connecting with nature offers an opportunity to contemplate our relationships, even our relationship with ourself.

Marcuse, in the essay, Nature and Revolution (1972), asks us to understand the mutability of nature.

By getting out of our heads and into the world, we risk getting acquainted with our own selves. We can visit a beautiful place, irrespective of history.


Author: Gail Taylor

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