The Great Teacher
Updated: Jan 10
If you’re trying to make greater sense of the world and your place in it, then you only need to look to one of life’s greatest teachers – nature.
You don’t need to go to school for this stuff, but you do need to be able to really tune in.
To identify the patterns, and the multitude of relationships and interactions that occur on various levels within the natural world.
It’s like a perfect sympathy playing out right in front of you and all you have to do is listen.
Not everything about nature can be easily explained, like why it exists in the first place – but what you can begin to extract is how everything functions, the order of things, the laws that govern it’s very existence. You can observe:
Action and consequence,
Death and regeneration,
Effort and reward,
Food and sustenance,
Growth and decay,
Harmony and balance,
It’s all right there, before your eyes.
There seems to be a general order to things, an obvious predictability as to how things work.
You can clearly witness these things, the interactions and interplay between fire and water, hot and cold, heaven and earth, conflict and resolution, chaos and order.
Nature shows us that there is no life (or growth) without struggle – a simple, but powerful lesson very relevant to today.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s just the way it is, whether we like it or not.
It can be sad in so many ways, yet majestic at the same time, a paradox and a perfect metaphor for life. Although it’s not really just metaphor, it goes to the core of the reality of life, in fact, it is life itself.
There is no escaping it and to deny it is in many ways denying your self.
The question is what are we going to do about that?
Fight it or learn to align and live with it?
Although nature is the great teacher, it doesn’t call you to reduce yourself to your mere biology either. Humans, uniquely, seem to also display some kind of transcendent moral nature, which seems a little more abstract, but just as real.
Much of the discontentment felt in the hearts of men and women, I believe, are a result of the severing of our relationship with nature.
So if you feel you could benefit from a little bit more clarity about the nature of things, then I would suggest that you look to nature as the great teacher and start thinking about making your peace with it.