The hidden gifts of nature

The western education system ignores nature.

Nature is all around us with its gifts of philosophy, wisdom and creativity; qualities the West devalues at its loss.

Nature is all around us with its gifts of philosophy, wisdom and creativity; qualities the West devalues at its loss.

The holidays are over in the UK, the students return to school, some to their exams.  I reflect upon the sad treatment of creativity, wisdom, nature and natural philosophy in education, and in Western society as a whole, treated as worthless and unworthy of consideration.

On most days I walk past the former home of William Gilbert, some consider the father of electricity and magnetism.  Born to a wealthy merchant family in my town of Colchester, Gilbert invested his personal wealth in an extensive study of magnetism with view to assisting the explorers of the Elizabethan age when Britain was building an empire in a period of great prosperity and confidence.  Gilbert invented the term electricity. Gilbert wrote De Magnete, considered possibly the first work using the scientific method.  In addition to being a scientist, a doctor to Elizabeth I, Gilbert was also a natural philosopher who used the empirical method of observation, demonstration and experience of nature to form his theories.

Each day I watch and interact with nature, like Gilbert I am a natural philosopher, and this forms the basis of my business ideas, my scientific understanding and my personal philosophies.  Rather than a worthless study nature opens the door to the philosophy of the understanding of self, the world, and the relationship of self to the world.  Wisdom is born of action and experience, the interactions with nature gives birth to wisdom.  Nature encourages people to do new things in new ways, so rerouting electric signals in the brain causing new connections to form of creativity.  The philosophy emerges from nature by causing the mind to question, observe and experiment, the basis of science and success in any discipline.

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8 responses to “The hidden gifts of nature

  1. What a fabulous essay, Alex! Guaranteed to find its way across to you know where! 😉

  2. Know just what you are saying…

  3. I have never lost my links to nature and spent a lot of my childhood in the bush. As kids you get to feel the spirit of it. No proof. I was grounded and feel whole…but…You’re called a “tree hugger” a “hippie” when you try and incorporate nature into the equation. But WE all know don’t we! Thanks for a wonderful post
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    • I totally identify with what you say. Unfortunately the conforming pressures of society on children and adults to forget about nature and “do something useful” is evident everywhere. Those that resist and stay rooted in nature enjoy the gifts hidden within.

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