What’s Goin’ On….?
Do you ever have a sense that you’re missing out on something, like Marvin Gaye in his soulful song of the same name? Five am bird song from the maple trees beside my house this morning also asked me the same question. Why am I not outside now (yes, at 5 am) listening to the world as it wakes up? It’s my world, too. And yours.
Maybe Spring fever is meant to give us that extra push to go outdoors and to participate in this world – not other, not parallel, but our – world. There are many reasons why we have come to feel and to act apart from, rather than as a part of, the natural world, and why we sometimes see ourselves as ‘visitors’ to nature. Wendell Berry says that “nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” A home where we share with all creatures and plants the same sunlight, the same air, water, gravity, night and day, soil, rocks, storms and more.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s go! I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be left out! Wait a minute, maybe I do want to be left out – ‘side’ that is.
I must share with you parts of a very funny, tongue-in-cheek article from the March 28th New Yorker Magazine. In the Shouts and Murmurs page author Ellis Weiner, in the article entitled Just in Time for Spring, writes:
“Introducing GOING OUTSIDE, the astounding multipurpose activity platform that will revolutionize the way you spend your time.
GOING OUTSIDE is not a game or a program, not a device or an app, not a protocol or an operating system. Instead, it’s a comprehensive experiential mode that lets you perceive and do things first hand, without any intervening media or technology.
…supports real-time experience through a seamless mind- body interface
…delivers authentic 3-D, real-motion video, with no lag time or artifacts
…delivers “head-free” surround sound
…enables complete interactivity with inanimate objects, animals and Nature™
…provides instantaneous feedback for physical movement in all three dimensions
Millions of people have already tried GOING OUTSIDE. Many of your “friends” may even be GOING OUTSIDE right now!”
Thank you Ellis.
Hope to see you this summer – outside.