Everyone has an innate need to be connected to the Earth somehow.
After all, without it, we're all done for.
So what makes people lose touch with it? And what causes so many people to disassociate from it all together?
Is it the "urban and concrete jungle effect," or is there something more nuanced going on?
Definitely something more nuanced, in our opinion, particularly anthropologically speaking.
People lose touch when there isn't enough health and touch, when they aren't congruent enough in their psychological and emotional reality. We all lose touch when we haven't been able to get connected to Earth, plants, animals, and ourselves well enough for an extended period of time.
Most of the foods we eat are connected to and made of the Earth (artificial additives aside), so no one is ever totally out of touch. Getting back in touch a bit more is always best, as it can almost immediately stabilize any of us. There is nothing more stabilizing than a walk on Earth's floor.
Hence all the pacing out there with those who are feeling insecure.
And watch a depressed human golf. Notice how differently they walk when they're out and about in those wide open spaces that are filled with Earth's greenery - Greenery that is often perfectly manicured. Isn't man-i-cured a perfect word for what's occurring in this specific frame of mind?
Many aspects of life are becoming too curated and artificial. Of course, there's always someone flipping their emotional lid anywhere, anytime, but we don't hear of much violence on the course, other than Happy Gilmore and Bob Barker's "The Price Is Wrong" scuffle (Happy Gilmore, 1996).
Rarely does anger get reciprocated on a course because it literally puts people on a course. It gives them a way to sublimate their psychology and hormones down a fair-way; into and out of sand traps, then onto a grand green. Yes, maybe they get a little chapped when they chip the ball over the fringe, having to take a few more hacks than expected and desired. But eventually, they get to take satisfaction and solace as they putt into the hole of a perfectly manicured green(ery).
What a metaphor. What a literal example of what some need in order to get back in touch with their equilibrium, psychology, and the Earth. Like many sports, it's literally a game that's played on a wide, green, and sprawling field, where the goal is to use a bunch of metal clubs and ball to work with and through our inborn defenses. Our emotions, anger, anxiety, and the like, seem to move about more freely on a field, perhaps because it's there that we're fully connected to the Earth, on a kind of course again. After all, we're all just working with and alongside each others' energies, aren't we? As they rise and fall, move and flow, we do the same with or against one another to varying degrees and ratios. So, we'd say it's safe to say how well we work together depends greatly on how well we are connecting to the ball, weather and wind of today, goal of the game, and perhaps most importantly of all:
The quality of our connection to the Earth and others on it.
Why does it work so well?
Perhaps because it was intuitively built by those who needed it the most. By those who were needing a fair-way, and a corrective, rule-based course where they could get back in touch.
To get back in touch with themselves, others, their emotions, and of course, the actual Earth.
Sure, they make those fake grass, indoor office putting lanes and greens that are mostly just there to provoke reminders for scheduling tee times or collecting dust. But, perhaps they, too, are a useful analogy and microcosm for explaining the fact that there isn't enough tea (or tee) time with each other and nature these days. At least not on a regular basis. There's not enough time in a day that's not dominated by obnoxious, ongoing obligations that take us away from reality.
All this is to say, we think it's wonderful when people get back in touch with nature and their nature in whatever way they can. We believe that being in touch is the only way people will truly understand the gravity of what is occurring in and around them, especially when it comes to the climate (e.g. interpersonal, weather, geographical, etc) shifting. Read the whole sentence: No one can argue that shifting isn't occurring all of the time; anyone can argue that there isn't climate change and global warming as they understand and see it in their current frame of mind (that's fine), but as our climate and earth are shifting and changing in many ways, so is the growing reality that people are being affected by the changes, shifts, and overall reshaping.
We all are, and this, no one can argue, deny, or ignore.
People, plant, and animal survival = Our overall ecological survival. Our resource management literally requires movement, evolution, and collective collaboration. As a result, often we require migration. So, if we are going to accommodate an ongoing humanitarian perspective and the crisis well, we have to seek to treat all people with the humanity we all deserve. We have to acknowledge and develop the resources and systems that are necessary and needed to survive, develop, and evolve. And evolution does not gut or completely discontinue the programs that do help. Instead, we need to continue developing true, realistic, health-oriented, and congruent minded leadership that seeks to help people pave a fairway for themselves again. We have to prioritize helping people recover from the storms they've been through, the storms that they've often been pitched into and out of repeatedly, and the ones they're about to go into and through in theory. We can, as we all know, help people get to where they'll be able to afford to golf with us again, eventually. But, of course, helping them do so requires our reorienting, re-prioritizing, and often rewiring of our relationships with resources, responsibility, and sustainability. In the end, it truly boils down to who we are willing to view as part of our culture, and our future community.
After all, those of us who are fortunate enough to have a fairway with adequate resources around us in our immediate vicinity and community can, and should, develop systems that accommodate and assimilate to the best of our abilities without losing our own individual and collective sustainability. We'll all be better for it. It's the only way to be in consistent enough touch with our nature and humanity. We don't need to look the other way by ignoring others, and not ask them to play a round with us. We need to embrace our humanity and work together to develop our existence and existing systems. We need to appreciate the fact that the Earth connects and survives us all. It always has, always will. Now, it is simply up to us to see how the climate and Earth's shifting are trying to teach us how to move and manage our individual-collective equilibrium, resources, and homeostasis-survival together:
Instead of resorting only to otherness and "not my family, not my problem" attitudes; we need to recognize how problem evolving together makes us all better. Period.
This, to us, is interpersonal evolution that goes with the Interpersonal Weather, at its finest.
Ignoring this is unnecessary enabling of ignorance and antisocial decision-making incongruence.
It is particularly ignorant to the currents of reality that are co-occurring and accruing within and around all of us currently. (Say that 5 times fast)
With the current trajectory of change in our world, climate, and minds we are being pushed more together than we ever have before. We're definitely not being pushed away from one another. So:
"Nature must not win the game, but she cannot lose. And whenever the conscious mind clings to hard and fast concepts and gets caught in its own rules and regulations - as is unavoidable and of the essence of civilized consciousness - nature pops up with her inescapable demands."
-Carl Jung, Alchemical Studies
To that end, let's golf with greater collective consciousness again,
Let's orient ourself to the Earth and to working togetherness,
Let's reorient, be great and better to each other, again and again,