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In the US, it seems like we do all that we can to separate ourselves from nature.  Apples don’t come from a tree, but from a bin in the supermarket.  Milk comes from a carton, and no one ever has to think about the cow in Wisconsin that produced it.  The shirt on your back?  It was made by a young woman in China, whom you will never meet or speak to.  It’s not only nature that we’re removed from.  But this isn’t something we do consciously. We do not grow apple trees along suburbian streets, nor do cows roam in Central Park.  We do not know the parts of nature that we depend on to live any more than we know the people whose labor supports our lifestyles. 

In Auroville, things are slightly different. 

cows roam freely

cows roam freely

 on a practical level, this also reduces the need for lawnmowers.  There’s a little trouble when the cows decide they want to cross a road, but I haven’t seen any serious problems.

bugs are a part of everyday life

Admittedly, not every part of being so close to the natural world is appealing.  Bugs are a part of everyday life here, both inside and outside.

my friend Lea, from London, stopped to say hi to this baby goat on our bike ride to the beach

my friend Lea, from London, stopped to say hi to this baby goat on our bike ride to the beach

Nowhere is perfect.  Auroville has a lot of blind consumption too. But maybe we can learn from the little things that they might be doing right.  If we live near our apple trees, will we make sure that the ground they’re growing in isn’t polluted?  If we see the cows that give us milk every day, will we make sure that they’re not tortured or abused?  If we know the people who make our things, will we start to care about them?  We won’t know until we try…

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