The Moral Call of the Wild

  • metta

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    Dec 02, 2009 9:53 AM GMT

    The Moral Call of the Wild
    A study suggests that spending time in nature changes our values

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    The benefits of spending time in nature have been well-documented. Psychological research has shown that natural experiences help to reduce stress, improve mood, and promote an overall increase in physical and psychological well-being. There is even evidence that hospital patients with a view of nature recover faster than do hospital patients without such a view. This line of research provides clear evidence that people are drawn to nature with good reason. It has restorative properties.
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    Dec 02, 2009 10:33 AM GMT
    Perhaps better entitled the "therapeutic call of the wild" than moral. And yeah, I really love being in the woods with my camper, though finding other gay men who feel the same way is a challenge. I hear the same old "I only camp in a 5-star hotel," like it's an original line or even amusing. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 02, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    I agree. This is one of the things I like about living in california .. so many different outdoors scenes .. deserts, mountains, streams, oceans, forests .. I love spending time outdoors. I feel very content and peaceful when I am out there. Just pack a backpack of food, a tent and sleeping bag, or just go for a day hike .. it's great!
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    Dec 02, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    I like spending time in nature as long as there are toilets, hot showers, soap, electricity, heat, a/c, room service, cars, complementary massages, medical care, dental care, a barber, no insects, no aggressive animals, and no bird shit.

    I once camped and will never repeat the experience. I didn't know you're supposed to put a tarp down under your tent. I woke up because I was drowning in water from a puddle that developed in our tent. I was young and drunk and slept through the buildup of the puddle until I was choking. Not fun. I was also covered in mosquito bites. They must love AB- blood mixed with beer. I tried to take a shower in a coin operated shower facility on the premises. I kept feeding quarter after quarter into the machine and no water would come out. I was really edgy and annoyed and just said fuck it and we drove from Maine to some place in Canada to a motel on the coast. I refused to camp again. The motel was slanted. There wasn't a right angle to be found in the entire structure. When we ran the shower, the water would spill from the shower stall onto the bathroom floor and eventually into the bedroom where everything was already damp and moldy and smelly. It was all too much to go through for a trip to Nova Scotia. Next time, I'm flying.
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    Dec 02, 2009 2:27 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidPerhaps better entitled the "therapeutic call of the wild" than moral. And yeah, I really love being in the woods with my camper, though finding other gay men who feel the same way is a challenge. I hear the same old "I only camp in a 5-star hotel," like it's an original line or even amusing. icon_razz.gif


    Oy, I dated a guy like this once; that broke off really fast. My line would be "I only camp in tents or under the stars." Also, speaking of camping and tents:

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    Dec 02, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    I used to live in small towns and cities and get so depressed from concrete, traffic and etc. I am currently living on a farm with fantastic views, plenty of room for me to roam. What a difference in my attitude and well being. From every window there is an inspiring view of pastures, woods, hills, streams and wide open sky. I watch the sun come up over the pond and set over pasture fields.
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    Dec 02, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    I love being in the woods. Or hiking and such. I dont even think I had a tent til I was well into my teens, before that it was just a sleeping bag or some blankets.
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    Dec 02, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    The development that I live in is surrounded by the a national forest, river and a creek that runs through it, so I get to appreciate nature every day. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    I would love to do more outdoors but my partner has a terrible fear of spiders.
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    I LOVE being in the woods or forest. Trail runs with my dogs, hiking, fishing, hunting, horse back riding, swimming, rock climbing, wood gathering/cutting, picking flowers, kayaking, rafting, climbing trees, exploring... LOVE!

    I can camp for one day tops, if there is a hotel or cabin nearby I am good for up to two weeks. I agree that it does reset something that makes my own humanity much more accessible.