|Let's assume for the sake of this discussion that the term "nature" refers to areas and aspects of existence which are not yet altered by humans. Cool?|
Anyhow, both the city and wild have their own charms, and my life would be all the worse if I had to do without either one. I live in downtown Chicago and work in the NBC Tower. The first year or so of working downtown was a rush. Every morning when I emerged from the train platform into the open air amidst the towering buildings and productive people, I got goosebumps and would be charged up for a day's work. But it's been said that you can get used to anything, and after a while it all became routine. I still get that excitement anytime I go to an airport - I hope I never fly often enough that that becomes mundane and routine.
Contrast that with Vilas and Oneida Counties Northern Wisconsin, where I often venture on summer weekends with my boat and maybe one other fishing buddy. This two county area contains one of the most dense concentrations of natural lakes in the world (over 2000 of them!), along with hundreds of square miles of forest. The peace and solitude I experience on a remote lake in my boat is something that could not be equalled in the developed world. I think experiencing nature like this is actually consonant with individualism --- as much as I love people, it's nice to be away from throngs of random strangers and in the company of just yourself and perhaps a few close friends. No cell phones, no car horns honking - just you, the northern lights, the call of the loon, bald eagles, vivid stars and planets, spectacular sunsets....maybe that does nothing for many of you, but I sure dig it! Of course, enjoying nature like is only possible with the wonders of the industrialized world to fall back on when you need them. And I appreciate that fact. I guess I consider myself lucky to be able to enjoy both settings.
(Edited to add that if I actually lived in Northern Wisconsin, I'm sure it would lose its luster after a while too...)
(Edited by Pete on 9/28, 9:15pm)