"Let the beauty of
what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth."
A new documentary, Love Thy Nature, directed by Sylvie Rokab, presents the premise that in order to tackle the problems facing the environment, we need to reactivate our individual and collective connection to nature.
Combining visceral cinematography with thoughtful
offers the voice of Liam Neeson as the representative of Homo sapiens.
Beginning with lush and verdant scenes accompanied by the sounds of rushing waters and birds, Rokab cuts to the hectic pace of modern urban life. As Neeson reflects on the degree of wisdom possessed by Homo sapiens, scenes of trash dumps, oil soaked birds, and industrial factories flash by.
Cosmologist, Brian Swimme, states flatly, "There has not been this kind of destruction on the planet since the time of the dinosaurs, sixty-five million years ago." He adds, "Progress has its price."
During the Agrarian Revolution (10,000 BC to 3500 BC), society was in sync with nature. Three hundred years ago, the Industrial Revolution took place; the 20th and 21st centuries have manifested the Digital Revolution. This has marked a shift from people working in tandem with nature and its rhythms to the goal of taming nature to bend to our will.
"We are so far away from nature, that we are running into an evolutionary wall," explains social scientist, Duane Elgin.