He wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer. (Did Olson have friends?)
I understand what Olson is saying, but I don’t believe that human happiness and dignity are completely lost when natural spaces are absent. I just don’t think the connection is as deep as he makes it sound.
Nature can provide tranquility and a place to get away from the stress of living in modern society. It slows things down and gives us a glimpse of a larger picture. I do not doubt that there is an intrinsic connection between nature and the human psyche, but it just isn’t as powerful as Olson makes it sound.
Nature is definitely a factor in our well being, but it is not the dominating factor. I have to believe that things like interhuman relationships provide a lot more meaning and happiness in people’s lives.
We would surely loose a piece of ourselves if we lost natural spaces, but it’s not like happiness and dignity would be completely out the window. There are just a lot of other pieces that that satisfy large portions of those aspects of the human mind. Thus endeth my redundancy.