More lost than found

I can’t help but have a feeling that in this age of connectedness where all things are easily found more is being lost than being found. Wild places and exploration included.

 

Holga 120N and Kodak Porta 400 iso film.

Where is the outrage:
Last year, it was reported that more people died from selfie-related deaths than shark attacks.
🙂

15 thoughts on “More lost than found

  1. I feel we are too connected much of the time. We didn’t evolve capable of such constant and immediate awareness of the goings-on around us. The devices and social media in our lives are distractions from the truly important elements. Those things that ask for time and thought.

    1. Hi Jim and I agree. We are not wired in such a way to deal with constant input and create goo output from it. We need time stew on thoughts and time disconnected to allow experimentation and exploration. I recently overheard some folks talking about missing out on certain dinner and one of them chimed in that your could buy a similar experience elsewhere. It was quite disheartening to hear that we now consider experience is something we can buy.

  2. I like what Jim says about people not being prepared to think and take time – natural spaces encourage this. As for selfie-related deaths, tragic, but maybe a case of Darwinism in action…

    1. Hi Adam, I totally agree with both you and Jim that taking the time to contemplate as well as the time to observe have been neglected in our recent rush for computer like decision making. And although humans made computers were are not one, at least not now. Nature does provide that environment to both contemplate and observe and the research supports this. Wilderness and exploration have an edge of uncertainty inherent in them and those seeking that through exploring this weeks top-ten places to see this week list may not get what they are looking for.

      As for selfie deaths an alternative hypothesis is that we have killed off so much of the shark population that..well you get my drift.

      Hope your week is wonderful.

    1. We do like to spend most offer time looking at ourselves in the mirror and with so many mirrors available…well you know.

      The sad part is we are a species with brains as our distinguishing feature and yet we continue to destroy our planet for short term gain. Evolutionary tendencies are hard to overcome even for a species with that ability to do so.

      1. My husband is a geologist and is always talking about earth life in terms or millennia. On many occasions, species have disappeared because of natural weather change or other predators. As humans, we have advanced too quickly and our brains can’t adapt to our base needs for survival of the fittest. The compassionate part of our brains seem to be smaller than they should be,
        On a positive note, I am actively encouraging a very diverse commune of critters under my deck and in the reserve. Did you know that armadillos are happy to share their burrows with skunks and possums? Cats and skunks love each other. Mama Possum babysits the juvenile raccoons (slapping them when they misbehave). Is there a critter bar where Hoochy Mama Raccoon is hanging out? 😁

        1. It is funny to consider that what might course out extinction is the attribute we evolved that made us so successful. Sound like quite a zoo you have going on and seems like it might make quite a nice little nature show. Especially with characters like Hoochy Mama Raccoon.

  3. From my limited experience, looking back over many decades, fewer people seem to appreciate the wild….or even go there. The more recent generations seem to be more at home on pavement. There could be a lot of reasons for that. RVs instead of tents. Fewer boots and more ATVs. Human powered experience is not as attractive as technology.

    1. Hi and thanks for your thoughts. I agree that numerous factors are involved in the decreased appreciation for a wilderness experience. Human powered transport and recreation are indeed a major factor. It is nice to be able to easily access remote places but when we use machines to get there the journey is not the same as without those machines.
      There is a lack of predictability in a true wilderness experience and that experience is not always a pleasant one. In this era of seeking and even demanding a predictable experience we seek to shape our wilderness experience into a sort of outdoor Disneyland. Like a thrill ride that never get out of control.

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