Despite our impressive technology, humans are still very much a part of nature. That has not changed, though sometimes, these days, we get caught up in technology, entertainment, and news media; we overlook or forget the long history of our species. We are not separate from the wilderness, no matter how far we may withdraw. A wealthy so-called prince can build a luxurious palace, and employ ten thousand armed guards, but there is no hiding from the creeping wilderness which exists within him, and in the hearts of his armed guards, and also right outside the gates.

Like cosmic clockwork, the sun and the moon and the tides wax and wane, and the waters flow from the hills and sustain life everywhere. Beautiful plants and majestic animals spring forth from the depths of the forest, intertwined in a complex dance of survival. Between the requirement to survive, our relationship with the land, and the crazy weather, we are still daily participants in this game.

It was our relationship with nutritious plants that jumpstarted human civilization in the first place, and to some extent, plants still run the show. They possess a fascinating intelligence.

The I Ching (Book of Changes) is a classic of ancient Chinese wisdom, and it includes the sage advice, “The superior person continues the work of nature in the human world.” There are many layers and subtle truths in this proverb.

I hope for a good future ahead of us, my human friends, but nobody knows exactly what will happen. Sometimes nature takes the wheel and we must go along for the ride. Rather than worrying about tomorrow, may we embrace the mystery while taking our cues from nature. We must work hard on ourselves and be ready to meet unique challenges. We must cooperate and communicate with others. We must explore the deep mystical places, and bring back bold new ideas. We must smile more. We must laugh and love one another.

It is vitally important that we keep believing in our beautiful visions. Good things happen when we believe.

Tyler Hatch is a writer from Salt Lake City, UT. His publications range from art journals to indie newspapers, and web content for several companies, including a Fortune 500 tech firm. A long-time friend of the Hemplucid founders, it was after a series of impactful family medical events that he began writing for the company in the Spring of 2017. (FYI CBD saved the day! Thanks, Hemplucid.)

After the devastating loss of a loved one to the opiate epidemic, Tyler got serious about making energetic progress toward a better life and a better world.

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