Supposedly, if our history books are truly correct, then we have only lived away from the land and nature for only 100 to 150 years or so.
Why is it that with technology, people want to manipulate their surroundings? For the Christian, we believe that God told us to manage the Earth. He did not tell us to destroy any part of it, on a micro or macro level. So just what does that mean? I believe that it means 1). Doing what's right. We all have the innate ability to know what is correct and what is not. Just "check your gut". (Mine needs to lose some weight, -and that's part of the topic, too!)
I have come to the conclusion that it also means living with less or no TV, and spend even more time with my wife and kids. Every day is precious, and who knows when it's our time to go on to the next life, or just be incapacitated to where you can't enjoy things you could the day before. (That's my ankle's two-bits! -Still nursing my foot and lower leg muscles!)
I remember working in Tokyo on a project where I was providing atrium designs for the Harumi waterfront redevelopment project. It was at the then world's largest architectural firm, Nikken Sekkei. I met Kisho Kurokawa who also worked there at the time. His claim to fame then was: 1). He had a great PR person, because he got on TV a lot and 2). his design for the future of Tokyo City and Tokyo Bay. It was then I knew what he was posing was wrong, and not Eco-Friendly; as he was seeking to totally annihilate the landscape and much of the natural bay. I innately knew that designers are to work WITH nature, not try to totally manipulate it. Working with nature brings lasting results, too. I was amazed that someone of his experience and fame, just didn't get it.
However, I think we need to think about bringing all aspects of our life into an organic harmony with nature and the real things that are important in life that are eternal in nature and that you can't just buy.
Family time, parent-child/children time, parent dates, one's own quiet or alone time, are obvious ones to me. But there are other areas that are not as obvious. I have written previously about "living with the Sun", meaning that when it rises, so do we. When it sets, so do we. This is so that we can follow the natural rhythms that are prevalent in our universe, even within our local solar system.
There are other areas of life we can improve, too. Become more Spiritual if you are religious. If not, at least meditate and observe your surroundings on a daily basis. Do so with as little, or preferably not much, energy used in doing so.
As you find balance in all aspects of life, true happiness, or at least more happiness will be yours. This is the goal of most religions and new age gurus of the world: Find Balance in your own life and become one with the greater life force or Creator of the universe. -This is still my never-ending goal, as I am far from it. I just recognized again that I need to recommit myself to this lofty aspiration. However, another important aspect of this kind of Living Green or Going Green, means that you yourself can recognize the need to improve oneself from one's current state.
I am Christian, this is my blog, so I will say, in a country where I have the Right to do so: May God Bless us all in our efforts to do so!