@ellogreen Since the mid 1960s (when i was living in the 'East Village' in NYC) i've been proposing the idea that many of Humankind's ills and bad behaviors stem from a 'disconnection' with nature. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when while researching a small blurb in a magazine about the value of 'awe/wonder' i stumbled across a thoughtful blog that included a citation and quote that finally puts a name to what i was describing.
"Louv, the author of the bestsellers Last Child in the Woods (2005) and The Nature Principle (2011), coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the loss of connection children increasingly feel with the natural world. Nature-deficit disorder is not a clinically recognized condition, he explains, but rather a term to evoke a loss of communion with other living things. Nevertheless, he argues, nature-deficit disorder affects “health, spiritual well-being, and many other areas, including [people’s] ability to feel ultimately alive.” ~ Interview with Richard Louv at National Geographic
If interested the full blog is here: http://www.365daysofinspiration.com/blog/2015/03/17/the-healing-effects-of-awe-and-wonder/