Healthy people see nature as sacred


Re: “Reverence to nature linked to our health,” column, Sept. 28.

Thanks for Dr. Trevor Hancock’s articles, which I always read with interest. They are all eloquently written, enjoyable and thought-provoking.

I, too, have concluded that “religions are a social phenomenon, incorporating — cultural, economic, political and institutional goals.” And that any religion can have both a positive and a negative effect on society. However, I believe that, overall, the effect is generally negative.

Also, I firmly believe that healthy societies and healthy people should consider “nature sacred” and live in harmony with it. Some ancient civilizations and indigenous groups respect nature and are in awe of it.

The naturalist John Muir believed “in the intelligence of nature and the cosmos.” Interestingly, scientific documentaries are continuously demonstrating the intelligence of nature in the world that we inhabit. We cannot understand this intelligence, but, nevertheless, we are in awe and marvel at it. I think that the column points us in the right direction.

With respect, I think it would be beneficial to continue this theme. For example, teaching the benefit of practising “virtues” to improve health in our society.

Lack of virtue brings about all manner of evil practices and leads to severe societal stress. Teaching virtue throughout society will lead to a healthier and more efficient society.

Eric James Burns


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