Some lessons we can learn from the nature
"I think people don't spend enough time in nature because of the lifestyle we have developed in the west," he said.
"When people are reminded about how beautiful and cute nature can be, they'll feel better about themselves and the world around them."
While Socrates is overrated, Democritus is relatively unknown. That's sad: in a democritean-based philosophy I have more than a reason to believe that in history there wouldn't have been all that bigotry.
I make this affirmation due to Plato thought. (Note: he was a Socrates' student) First of all, it's his fault if we haven't full access to democritean works: he simply said that they would have to be burned. Then, in "Republic" he expresses an idealistic, almost religious, philosophy that, as others like that, tends to repress bodies and minds. He wanted to censor poets like Homer and Hesiod, for example, and also to repress passions, sexuality too.
But there are also another reason: there's no "idea", no "absolute" and nothing holy. (It isn't demonstrable) But anything who's given an "absolute", as the "good" itself, still becomes dogmatic. That's because we have no power to what is trascendental.
So, who say that there's something that goes over matter, admits a religious power to individuals.
Here it comes Democritus: there's nothing trascendental but the atoms themselves, then you're free. No absolute can control you.
Then you have te power to know everything, to do everything and to control what you're able to control.
Do humans ever invented anything at all? As a design student it feels like everything is about copying from nature or from other people who copied it from nature. So are we really able to invent something new or are our minds limited by the things that already exist.