Do we really want nature? A reflection about our desire for authentic nature experience
Darco founder of Allegra
It is understandable that many people feel the desire to go out into nature to escape the hustle and stresses of everyday life. To breathe fresh air and connect with the environment. In fact, spending time in nature can be refreshing, restorative and beneficial to health.
Amidst the mega-trend of neo-ecology, we strive to live as close to nature as possible with our daily coffee, clothing and social media posts. But do we really want to experience an authentic, untouched and wild nature? Or are we just looking for something that feels like it? The answer to this is uncertain. The song "In der Natur" by the band Deichkind offers an interesting perspective on our longing to experience nature.
The song criticises the idealised portrayal of nature in our society today by highlighting that life in nature is not always as picturesque or idyllic as it is portrayed in social media or glossy brochures. The outdoors also holds other truths, such as hurting your foot, failing a survival book, being cold, feeling lonely and lacking comforts like oat milk and heating.
In this sense, the song invites us to look at nature from an unbiased perspective and critically question idealised notions. By doing this, we can honestly confront our desires and expectations when we are deciding wheather to be in nature.
Link to the official youtube clip: https://youtu.be/C1wKQUFuzng