Monday, February 18, 2008

a better prescription

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
--Anne Frank (1929-1945) writer and Holocaust victim

This quote goes well with the one entitled Desiderata that I posted a few days ago. Searching through quotes all the time for the blog has made me realize that many of the great writers and thinkers reached similar conclusions about the importance of maintaining a connection to nature. You'd think with all this advice and encouragement from such revered persons we'd hoist ourselves out of our recliners more often and get outdoors. Yet in spite of the fact that we live in such a beautiful country, Americans spend more time watching TV than any other people on the planet. Click here to see a grim chart declaring us the couch potato champions of the world. Maybe this is why we're also the most medicated...Anne Frank would suggest another remedy.

The above photo is of Millstone Creek Falls in rural Washington County, TN. Click here for more information, links and directions.

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