The accelerated time frames of industrialized societies separate people from the rhythms of nature, distancing them from the periodicities that make up the many physiological time worlds of the biosphere. Humanity has developed an artificial time environment governed by mechanical contrivances and electronic impulses. This linear form of time is quantitative, fast-paced, efficient and predictable.
Isolation from nature is not just a matter of living in cities. Even more important, it involves a momentous change in man's outlook on the world. Men do not simply coexist with nature; they search for meaning in it. All religions in their integrative functions and rituals explain and support the basic solidarity between man and nature. Such beliefs help create and sustain the bond between man and the external world.