Nature provides opportunities for us to experience the physical world rather than the daily cyber one we are so familiar with these days. I'm thankful for the Cub Scouts program for my 9-year-old that gets him away from the computer or gaming console and gets him outside hiking and serving others. They went to a local park last week and picked up trash! He got outside and he participated in a community service project. I feel better as a parent when I get him out into the world experiencing it in a physical way. He will have ample amounts of time to learn about and live with computers and video games in his lifetime. I'm a bit worried that he may not experience how much fun the outside world can be, though. Being outside, thinking about what to do next, helps pique the imagination and creativity in any human mind, not just in kids. Thoreau didn't have all of the digital distractions and he still learned from his experience in the wilderness. My political science professor once stated, however, that Thoreau eventually came back to society; meaning, he didn't stay out there forever and become a hermit. He learned what he needed to learn and he came back to society and contributed to it. I learned from that lesson that we all need to find balance between all of the different settings of life.