Most of our instincts stem from our ancestors, who lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, before the domestication of animals and agriculture. We love the sound of a stream, because it tells us that we have access to fresh water and therefor have a good survival chance. No amount of bottled water erases this fundamental programming.
Our connection to nature is why we, as mammals, are attracted to other young mammals and want to care for them. A small face with big eyes, is something that triggers a nurturing response in us. It’s why we think puppies and kittens are so darn cute, and will sometimes even risk our lives to save them from harm. It’s about life making other life thrive.
Agriculture set us on the path that we are on today, no longer part of a system, but creators of our own. Now, we have industrial farms, our huts are made of concrete, and our inventions are produced on a global scale. Inside each of us however, is the basic need for nature.