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When considering the Western “way of life,” one should recognize that a psychological and emotional disconnection with nature has been shaped and nurtured throughout time by the influence of underlying assumptions about our relationship with the natural environment. These assumptions are deeply embedded within the Western way of life, but may often go unnoticed. Perhaps if we grow in awareness of how we have become disconnected from nature, then we can work with greater focus to overcome the challenges associated with the consequences of this disconnect, which is in some ways responsible for the current condition of rapidly deteriorating health of the natural world. How can this disconnect be explained and understood? How did this disconnect become so profound that humans, instead of living like ...

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