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Everything is Connected

Everything (all social elements and all natural elements) is connected together.  Everything links to everything.  Firstly, each social element (health care, quality of life, school, freedom, art, values, etc.) has an affect on the other social elements.  Secondly, each natural element (plants, animals, ecology, water, geology & soil, air, weather & climate, etc.) has an affect on the other natural elements.  Thirdly, society and nature link to each other through culture.  Whether or not people deliberately relate to the outdoor environment or not, people’s social actions shape a culture which affects local and or distant natural habitats. The environment (whether it’s mostly man-built or natural, or pristine or poisoned) has an affect on society.  Social elements and natural elements link together in a web. Everything is related to everything, including school and landscape architecture.  Following, 6 short paragraphs give a brief overview on social elements, natural elements, culture, school, and landscape architecture and the paragraphs link to more information on each topic.  Enjoy! 

"Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." – Chief Seattle

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world" – John Muir

Each social element (health care, quality of life, school, freedom, art, values, etc.) is connected to the other social elements.  For instance, if art and poetics are deep, it’s most likely that society’s health is good, the quality of life is good, schools are useful and inspiring, freedom is vast, and family & children are valued.  If schools are useful and inspiring, it’s most likely that society’s health is good, the quality of life is good, freedom is vast, family & children are valued, and art and poetics are deep.  If there is a lot of freedom, it’s most likely that society’s health is good, the quality of life is good, schools are useful and inspiring, and art and poetics are deep.  However, if art and poetics are shallow, it’s mostly likely that society’s health is poor, the quality of life is poor, schools are boring and destructive, freedoms are lost, and trifles are valued above family and children.  If schools are boring and focus on trifles, it’s most likely that society’s health is poor, the quality of life is poor, freedoms are lost, and trifles are valued above family and children.  If freedom is stifled, it’s most likely that society’s health is poor, the quality of life is poor, schools are useless and boring, and art and poetics are shallow. All social elements relate to each other.  (See z-hub’s society website to further explore various social elements.)

Each natural element (habitats, plants, animals, water, soil & geology, air, weather, and climate) is connected to the other natural elements.  For example, if a habitat has a lot of water, likely aquatic wildlife lives there, the soil is moist or soggy, the air is damp or humid, etc.  If a habitat is in a cold climate, the wildlife consists of cold-tolerant species, the soil might be frozen, ponds might be frozen, and the weather might be snowy.  However if a habitat is dry, it’s likely that the weather is usually not rainy, the wildlife consists of drought-tolerant species, the air is usually dry, and the soil is usually dry.  If a habitat is in a hot climate, the wildlife consists of heat-tolerant species, the air is usually hot, the soil likely never freezes, and the ponds are likely never frozen.  All natural elements relate to each other. (See z-hub’s nature website to further explore various natural elements.)

Society’s health and the environment’s health relate to each other.  For instance, if society has a culture that values local natural habitats, the environment (as a natural resource for people) has the best chance of thriving.  If the environment is healthy and thriving, there will be abundant pristine natural resources for people and people will likely be in good health.  If society has a culture that values trifles (which distract people from caring about their local outdoor nature), the environment’s natural resources will likely be abused, polluted, and depleted.  If the environment is poisoned and depleted, there will not enough resources or there will be no resources or for people and people will likely be in poor health.   A society’s culture either sustains ecosystems (thus, sustains good health for people) or ignores and destroys ecosystems (thus, ignores and destroys people’s health).  (See z-hub’s culture website to further explore various cultural phenomena.)

Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."  If society provides wild animals with abundant healthy functioning habitats by sustaining the local natural outdoors, in return, people will likely experience good health, have a good quality of life, and be joyful, free, and deeply artistic and poetic.  However, if society is distracted by trifles and neglectfully allows wild animals’ habitats to vastly be poisoned and destroyed, in return, people will likely experience poor health, have a poor quality of life, be depressed, be denied many freedoms, and have a shallow culture.  Indeed, the greatness of a society and the health & happiness of people can be estimated by the way the culture treats its animals, plants, ecosystems, and natural habitats and resources.  What society does to its wildlife and ecosystems, it does to itself.  Everything is connected.  Social elements and natural elements link together in a web. If society cherishes and protects its natural resources, it cherishes and protects itself and provides itself with health, well-being, a good quality of life, and etcetera.  If society ruins its natural resources, society ruins its own health, well-being, quality of life, and etcetera.   

"Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." – Chief Seattle

Everything (all social elements and all natural elements) is connected together.  That everything links to everything is an important understanding to have.  It’s useful and inspiring wisdom for all people, parents, and children to know.  During a large amount of time while growing up, children should be immersed in the experience of everything connecting to everything.  Schools should emphasize connections between social elements, between natural elements, and how culture connects society and nature.  School affects society, culture, and nature, because kids spend an immensity of their childhood at school. Following childhood, adults make decisions and take actions based on what school taught about society, culture, and nature. Adults influence society, culture, and nature. Society, culture, and nature sway schools to implement particular procedures. May parents, educators, and everyone be well informed about connections and education issues.  (See z-hub’s school website to further explore various educational phenomena.  Also, see z-hub’s society, culture, and nature websites. )

For the past 100 years and before then, landscape architects have understood the connections between social elements, between natural elements, and have been relating society with nature.  Landscape architects have been culturists.  They have been integrating social issues and environmental issues in their landscape designs.  “Landscape architecture is the development of a harmonious, sustainable, and enriching fit between human systems and natural systems,” said Bob Riley, a University of Illinois professor.  (See z-hub’s landscape architecture webpage to further explore various landscape architecture phenomena.)

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