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.
This is one of the reading spots I go to when the weather is acceptable in the park. I place a very high value on reading, reading which enhances your experience and understanding of life. And for that reason I have stopped thinking that the quantity of the books you read in life matter. It doesn’t matter if you read 10 books a month or 1 book a month or even 1 book a year (although its hard for me to imagine stretching a single book for that long) – what matters is that you read something to enhance your perspectives. Its a great gift, we as humans have given to ourselves, writing down our most wonderful imaginations and making them increasingly accessible – don’t waste that gift of the written word.
Lee Hall was kind enough to put my book, ‘The Silent Betrayal’ as one of the best books read in 2020 and gave a glowing review to the book. Please, have a look through the whole list for other really good indie books on this list and check out the rest of Lee Hall’s website for other interesting posts and books.