The disappearance of Friluftsliv lifestyle with modernity

A Scandinavian outdoor lifestyle that provides people an emotional and spiritual connectedness with the free nature has lost its original concept of nature experience to a modern concept that involves commercialization and organized activities.

By Yemen Al Fadel 

An outdoor person who has already developed a strong subjective connection with nature, can reach a point where the natural world becomes his only ride back home.

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home”, said Mary Davis.

Whereas most urban people have separated nature form their daily life and visit it as tourists. They are represented as spectators without being emotionally connected to the landscape, mentioned Hans Gelter in his article “Friluftsliv: The Scandinavian philosophy of outdoor life.”

According to Arne Naess’s Deep Ecology: “Friluftsliv is a paradigm shift away from a dominant “objective” view of nature, toward an emotional identity and a way of living.”

Natural rhythms which imply to the synchronization of the different aspects of the human mind give a sensation of pleasure and happiness. Whereas in urban life, an asynchronization occurs due to all the artificial rhythms produced by mechanical devices, stated Hans Gelter in his article “Friluftsliv: The Scandinavian philosophy of outdoor life.”

Pursuing Friluftsliv lifestyle can be a way for urban people to find their “quality of life”.

 

Audience: the modern/urban people.