Going Back to Nature
In Robinson’s novel, The Gold Coast, going back to nature seems to be a solution to a number of problems. As I discussed in a previous blog, the desire to escape is prevalent in the novel, by more characters than Jim. Exploring and going back to nature, in solitude, is a solution Tashi, Jim, and Tom tried out.
Being in nature is a huge contrast to what these characters experience in Orange County. It’s much more different and inspiring and refreshing than the fast-paced city life that consists of parties, drugs, and casual sex. Hiking in the woods and exploring by one’s self was a way for them to get unstuck from that constant loop.
I think today we are also stuck in a loop, much like the loop Robinson’s characters were stuck in, in Orange County. Not necessarily in a loop consumed by drugs and parties and a fast-paced life, but a loop that makes us so consumed with our jobs and daily routines that we forget that there’s more to life than those routines.
I feel that we, as a US population, spend so much time trying to make money, spending that money, and in front of phone and TV screens, so much so that we overlook simple, intangible pleasures in life. It’s amazing that we are alive and able to observe and explore our planet and universe, which I believe to be our main purpose here on Earth. I personally think we need to go back to nature and spend more time appreciating and exploring, like Robinson’s characters.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: St. Martin’s, 1988. Print.
Pilot Mountain, NC. Personal photograph by author. 2016.