Even an old elephant, as big and heavy as it is, shows grace in its movement and step. Squirrels, tigers, bears — all touch the earth with the minimum force necessary, whether engaged in foraging, hunting, teaching, or play. And the wild creatures that live alongside us in cities and towns are unfazed by our sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. Unshod and unclothed, they’re like animated springs. The idea that the average human adult is incapable of living this way, that physical grace is the sole province of dancers, gymnasts, and children, is contradicted by nature at every turn. We become stiff and are prone to injury because we’re glued to chairs and addicted to comfort and convenience. And that we choose this sort of existence shows that what happens to our bodies, happens to our minds. We view nature as a thing apart, as something we’re meant to use and control. But we are nature, and it is we who fall out of tune. This influences our outlook, our decisions, and views. Look again at the news: we literally kill for comfort, even as comfort kills.
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