22) (1854). The women are fighting at many fronts once they neglected their natural job of looking after families. Women have their national role as well but the role is often solely translated into economic role. Thus in her struggle to fulfill her economic duty to nation, she could not maintain balance between her family and work life. In her quest to be a better 'multitasking person," she often fails to be a better friend of her children. She is engaged in proving her civilized skills and her natural role is at stake.
The women's major loss was her loss of delicacy and dignity. The natural woman was considered fragile and thus not tasked with physically tough challenges. But today she seems to be overburdened. It is not to say that the natural woman was more fragile but that she was treated with much more care than the women is treated today. The art and science understanding of civilized and cultured today has lead men and women to be less concerned about their true natural needs (Turpin, p. 13) (2005).
Nature, Culture and Children:
Gone are the days when the mothers used to feed children themselves followed by natural food like bananas and porridge. The cultured mom stole away child's natural food and replaced it with processed food she purchased from super market (Pollan, p. 3) (2009). The children are kept excessively warm in winters and cold in summers thus they do not know about the natural pleasure of cold, rivers and warmth (Dillard, 1992).
The children today have more toys and they know the art of war in quite an early age. They are civilized enough to join their parents in the official dinner and experience sitting among adults. They can watch things that people would not think of 200 years ago. But they have lost the joy of playing in mud. They seldom know that making castles in sand by the beach was much more pleasant and swimming in the pond was a more thrilling activity than racing a car at 120-mile per hour in an amusement park. It is like the kids are also living lives in balloons like their parents.
Children like their elders have status and standards in their minds while making friends. They have also developed their own criteria for mingling with people. This resulted into limited experience thus the kids today are far less vulnerable to nature than a natural kid. Thus, they are also less equipped to enjoy life and to gather happiness. It is more like a volcano life (Emily Dickinson 1082 Poems, 2012) that cannot be trusted at any time because this is not the natural way to sustain human behavior, human behavior of trusting and socializing with people.
In the journey to culture and civilization from nature, man has experienced lots of gains and losses. He has become much more knowledgeable over time. Some would call it wisdom too but others would call it sacrificing true pleasures of life. The men have lost their freedom to the ease and luxury of technology. They cannot enjoy every moment in natural way and they need special occasions, special setting and special people around to feel happy. Humans have over all sacrificed their health to become civilized. They are physically, emotionally and psychologically unhealthy. And to treat these diseases, they need nothing else but to interact with the nature, the true healer and the true empathizer. They need time by the waterfall, in a valley, on a beach and need silence around to feel the pleasure of nature. They need to listen to flowers and talk to trees. The human beings cannot get rid of their attachment to the nature thus they need to realize this and get back to their natural existence once again slowly and gradually.
1. Dillard, A., (1992), "In the jungle," Retrieved from: http://teachers.cmsfq.edu.ec