The poem above was written for me by Anna P., a college freshman at Spring Hill University in Mobile Alabama..
There’s a reason why the first thing we often ask someone when we meet them, right after we learn their name, is “where’s home for you?”
For me home is 100% in Nature. It does not require a house for me. This makes my perspective unique in the West.
We may use our homes to help distinguish ourselves, but the dominant Western viewpoint is that regardless of location, the individual remains unchanged. It wasn’t until I stumbled across the following notion, mentioned in passing in a book about a Hindu pilgrimage by William S. Sax, that I began to question that idea: People and the places where they reside are engaged in a continuing set of exchanges; they have determinate, mutual effects upon each other because they are part of a single, interactive system.