Biophilia is a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. First coined by Erich Fromm in the 1960’s to describe a biological drive toward self-preservation, biophilia is the combination of bio (life) and philia (friendly feeling toward). The definition of biophilia was extended upon in the late 70’s/ early 80’s by Edward O. Wilson to mean the “rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.”.
Biophilia describes a love of life, nature, and humanity and the pleasures that derive from being surrounded by these things. Biophilia is the connection that we humans subconsciously and innately seek out in nature and other living beings. We all experience biophilia and it’s through biophilia that we seek out not only our own survival but also our ability to thrive as the individuals that we are.
It’s not just in nature, with it’s grandiose and intricate and simplistic delights, that we seek out biophilia but also in all the living beings, from the smallest blades of grass, to the stately elk, to the most complex and confusing of all – fellow humans. We need it all to survive and to thrive. This is the biophilia that our instincts know to search for and connect to and derive love and pleasure and strength from and what we then feed back into in turn… ~ Ella
I find biophilia to not be such a hypothetical human tendency, but rather one that seems to describe a very instinctual living being tendency. Perhaps that’s over simplifying, but I find that co-existence with nature is an essential part of life, of true living and biophilia aptly describes this need, this desire. What do you think?
Namaste ~ Ella
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