Parks are the soul of any functional city. They provide a place for people to come together without any major financial obligation, a lunch time escape from work, somewhere you can find solace in the midst of a crowd, somewhere to be lost in thoughts but most of all it is a connection with nature and it is that very precise connection that makes these parks feel like the soul of a city.
We need to learn from this experience and re-imagine our city spaces. We need to build cities in a way that connects with nature more thoroughly makes the concrete jungle more natural to us. I think connection to nature keeps humans, humans. And we drive ourselves further from it, detach ourselves further and further from nature, we will keep losing little bits of humanity along the way. And the AI that will evolve from us will not be an improvement on our current way of doing things but will just be an even worse form of us – devoid of humanity, detached from nature’s nurturing embrace.
I visit this cemetery often in Szczecin, Poland. Its huge but still peaceful. My wife’s babcia is buried there and so is our niece next to her. This year we havent been able to visit their graves and still won’t be able to because of travel restrictions. But as we are forced to spend our Christmas alone, away from our family, they will be in our hearts.
Love those closest to you, regardless of the disagreements and remember those fondly who have now moved on to the world beyond. We are only dust, drifting in the vastness of something we are yet unable to fully understand. All the differences and disagreements we create are of our own making. All ideologies, monetary gains, tribal moralities, all of our own making and so it is rather silly for something we created ourselves to stand in our way of loving each and showing compassion where it is needed most.
This world was here long before we evolved and will be there long after we are no more if we continue down the path of self destruction. It is often said, never go to bed mad/angry at your partner, no matter how bad the fight had been, I think we need to extend that beyond our immediate partners in some way if we wish to live a healthier life in a mentally healthier environment. Lets lead our life with love, compassion and forgiveness, and leave hate where it belongs – in moments, quick to be forgotten.