Science finally confirms this basic human need, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. It certainly is my own experience, after living for two years on Edisto Island, the last undeveloped barrier island in South Carolina in Rosy the RV. Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist who inspired George Lucas’ film series, Star Wars confirms this too, insisting that our bodies: made of the earth, have a built-in yearning for large doses of earth and sea.
“Although we are part of nature, nature is greater than us, infinite in its variety, fascintating in its ingenuity, able to inspire awe, reverence, and terror. We are creatures of nature and cannot enjoy optimum physical or emotional well being if we have too little contact with it. Biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term ‘biophilia’ which means love of life or living systems to describe this innate human need. I believe it to be as real as our needs for food, sex, love and community.” – Andrew Weil, from Spontaneous Happiness