6 months ago
I took the dogs on a 2 hour walk through a path in the woods yesterday and had some of the most intimate, engaging interactions with strangers I’ve ever had. Wrapped in a warm, white blanket of powder from the sky, there was a unifying sense in the air which I could tangibly feel - So much so that a party of three joined me for the last hour of the hike.
Our conversations stretched far & wide, entailing a deeper understanding of the physical environments of our area. One man said to me, “It’s amazing all the intellectuals that live and are moving here, the technology & data centres which are being developed are making this place a hub. Glad I could put my kid in such a good schooling system here.” My shortened response, “Well I guess It depends on what you constitute as intellectual. Technology has it’s teachings, but learning from the forests and through nature’s teachings is the greatest education I’ve received to this point.” I watched him sit with this while observing the snow accumulating on the trees, his wife (who graduated from the high school next to mine) asked more questions. We continued our dialogue till we reached the end of the path, where we then shook hands, exchanged names and parted ways