One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
William Wordsworth makes this assertion in his 1798 poem “The Tables Turned”. In the poem he is continuing a dialogue with a fictional friend who has urged him to study more, read more and spend less time daydreaming outside.
Wordsworth believed that moral wisdom was enabled and indeed only made possible by those who had experienced strong emotions in childhood and that such feelings were induced by a close relationship with the natural world. This importance of a personal connection with nature – and the very solitariness of such experience – is a common Wordsworthian theme. It’s a theme that would echo well with Richard Louv.
Louv reminds us to renew our relationship with the natural world and save our children from nature deficit disorder.
Meanwhile – I hope all of you are having a most wonderful holiday weekend.