Revisiting Yangshuo - and some ideas about our relationship with each other, and with Nature

L O V E in Yangshuo

L O V E in Yangshuo

I've been back to Cambodia for almost a month now, but oh man, I already miss Yangshuo!!

The landscapes, the outdoors, the sounds of Nature...I felt so at peace there, so at home...big, grey cities just make me feel claustrophobic, confused...

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more..." Lord Byron

So allow me to share here with you some exclusive pictures from my unforgettable trip, and re-experience those wonderful moments while I put this post together...

Because pictures can do more than just freezing what is physically in front of us; they can capture and make eternal who we were and how we were feeling when we made them...by photographing others, we are also photographing ourselves...

Mountains are not only beautiful; they are a permanent reminder of how small we are comparing to Nature...Although we have been for long trying to be (or to feel) out of it, and control it, we are indeed part of it.

We do give sense and order to the phenomenons of Nature, but we are still part of them...we are all connected, we are all fundamental to the dynamic balance of the whole system.

So it's time to build a new society, based on different values, not consumerism, materialism, individualism, but one constructed with compassion, generosity and respect, for others, for Nature.

Humans need Nature; Nature does not need humans...

It's clear for me that Humanity is going through a deep crisis so we must question now the principles of this society we have been living in, and start the collective construction of new ways of living, orientated by ideas such as solidarity and sustainability.

We must care about others, about the wonderful planet we are fortunate to live in...

Many species have gone extinct and many more are on the edge to go due to our greed, irresponsibility and ecological blindness, but I believe there is still time to act and change the course of our history...

The human odyssey can be the one of a tragedy, but it can also be a story of understanding, collectiveness, consciousness and thriveness... 

It's up to us to choose - and work on - the future we want for ourselves.

As the late (and great) Eduardo Galeano once said:

"There are those who believe that destiny rests on the knees of the gods; but the truth is that it confronts the conscience of man with a burning challenge".

Bernardo Salce