Dear Apollo Friends,
From the beginning all poets, writers, and great thinkers have found the source of being in nature. The English poet William Wordsworth put it this way: Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. People living either in great cities or vast and rural country sides find their roots in nature. The December Holidays started acknowledging natures going into its winter hibernation. Humans have been in contact with nature from the first time their bare feet touched the good earth and even to and passed the time they put on shoes and walked on the moon. Earth is both everyones womb and grave. We cannot escape our kinship with the mountains majesty, vast plains, placid lakes, or tumultuous seas. We live among them, and they live in us. The most spiritual monk may escape human society in his lonely hermitage, but one cannot and must not seek to escape nature. If nothing else, a hungry gut will demand one reconnect with nature and partake of its food to sustain one's life, no matter how mundane or spiritual that life may be. For eons when there were no written words of wisdom and inspiration, humans learned from the seasons of nature. They thought the gods live atop mountains or swam beneath the waves. Humans survived and evolved a thousand times longer without books than they have with them. Nature is humans' primary lesson, it first reader, to understanding the information that changes us from apes to angels. Now we are living in an age when books containing, words both holy and profane, are evolving into writings on chips that eyes cannot see without electricity. There are now more books and manuscripts than ever have been written and all stored in computers. Any person with an eBook reader or cell phone can carry on ones person hundreds of books and have immediate access to thousands more. The amounts of written words on chips and available in eBooks would make the Ancient Alexandria Library in Egypt look no larger than a bookmobile. Yet, books can burn. Computers can crash, even destroy words on chips. When the story of the human saga nears its end, the survivors may once again have only nature as their guide, inspiration, and hope. Often humans must look up from television screens, spread sheets, and computer monitors and take a thoughtful look at nature for the inspiration and the awe that have inspired humans from the beginning and will see them to the end of their existence. In the words of an ancient poet, I will lift up my eyes to the hills the source of my help.
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