Topic: Love life, and live life closer to nature
Inge (Chair): A reluctant hero
Liezl: An epic journey
Danielle: A choice between the life he left behind
Elmiri: and the incredible new world he’s learned to call home.
Inge: Ladies and gentleman welcome to
This 2010 blockbuster by James Cameron has made a big impression on the four of us, and, may I assume, on all of you who have watched this 2 hour and 46 minute masterpiece. Several decades in the dreaming and more than four years in the actual making, the movie is a song to the natural world. In the article “A new Eden, both cosmic and cinematic’, journalist Manohla Dargis reviewed this movie in the New York Times of 18 December 2009. She writes that Avatar was created to conquer hearts, minds, history books and box-office records. This proved correct as the movie earned $2.012 billion US dollars around the world according to the website www.the-numbers.com. In short, the movie is set on a distant planet Pandora, home to the native Na’vi tribe. The main character, Jake Sully, controls his Na’vi body and becomes a part, and towards the end, the leader of the tribe. They fight against a greedy corporation who wants to mine every scrap of the precious metal, unobtanium, from the planet, destroying everything that stands in its path. What captured our imagination in this movie, is how closely the Na’vi tribe is connected to nature, and how happy and healthy they are because of it. They even have something that looks like fiber optic cables in their plaits that they plug into plants and animals. Now, dear audience, we realise that this is not entirely possible for us here on earth, but the idea of connecting with nature definitely has merit. Avatar is a celebration of life, and made us think of the following Bernard Shaw quote: “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake”. All we would like to add to Mr. Shaw’s quote is ”love life, and live life, closer to nature”. Liezl, Danielle, Elmiri and myself, Inge are going to convince you today, that reconnecting with nature is good for your body, head and heart. It makes the journey of life, one to love. Liezl is the first to take the floor. She is adamant about how nature helps to keep you in shape. Secondly it’s Danielle’s turn. She says that reconnecting to nature is good for clearing your head and lastly we listen to Elmiri. Nature is beneficial for your heart. Thank you Liezl, we’re listening intently.
Human nature is just about the only nature some people experience. Ladies and gentleman, this quote by Abigail Charleson is a sad fact. I am of the opinion that it is because of too little nature, that we South Africans are in such bad shape. On www.health24.com I read about a study conducted by consumer health giant, Glaxo-SmithKline. They found that South Africans rate 3rd in the world when it comes to obesity and two in every three South Africans have a weight problem. To make matters worse, 49% of people indicated that they do no exercise. SHOCKING. I practise netball everyday and cannot imagine a life where you sit all day long! I am adamant that a return to nature can benefit your health by keeping you in shape. It is a myth that doing exercise is like a torture session. We watch programmes like The biggest Looser where the poor participants struggle to lift a dumbbell in a sweaty studio while they cry for mercy. Compare this to the image of Julie Andrews running up the hill in the opening scene of The sound of Music. In both people are exercising, but when The Hills are Alive, it looks so much easier. In the Runner’s World magazine of 21 January this year, Mike Finch writes that when you exercise in nature your body is alive and breathing while your...