Lately I’ve spent time reflecting on our search for a home of our own, after our years at Foley Mountain. Once again I am remembering the surprising difficulty of explaining to real estate agents and friends that what matters most to us is not a suitable house, but rather the land surrounding the house.
Just as other animals might, we were searching for a suitable habitat for us, one in which we might prosper. But where a biologist describing the habitat where a bird is commonly found will include details such as “commonly found in open agricultural country; also in scrub and thickets” or “nests in spruce groves”, a real estate agent, asked to find a home for a human, describes prospects mostly in terms of bathrooms and oak kitchens. Very few could comprehend a home search where natural conditions and environment were essentials. And so, my questions today are, why and how have we lost the consideration of aspects such as sense of shelter, quality of soil, diversity of fellow species, the play of sun and shade and so much more when it comes to the choosing of a dwelling place? How can it be that these essentials no longer are talking points?