We do consider ourselves separate from nature and we always will, I think. It’s not our fault, it’s in “our” nature to have these behaviors, and recognizing them is the key to a higher thought process that leads one to incorporate nature into everyday life. Sustainability practices that take thought soon become good habits.
Humans’ instinct to survive manifests into other areas including selfishness and greed. We may start the same as an energetic life form and end in the same way when the life leaves but in-between, we are the little boy in the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. It’s a story that is repeated with every single one of us and will continue to do that forever, or at least as long as this planet is around.
We are unique. We go through phases in our lives. Erikson’s life cycle of psychosocial development and its stages breaks down those phases and though it’s an idea of a theorist, it should be taken into consideration and be used as a general framework for reference. How can we take nature into considering and put it first when we don’t take care of ourselves physically and mentally?
Ironically no one likes to age and yet, it is then when we are most likely to absorb the world around us. Not true for everyone and there are exceptions to this rule but the average person regardless of culture and background become aware of the many things in life and how we all interconnect. Our increased longevity is an opportunity to then share that wisdom. Multi-generational volunteers are an asset in a community.