RESOURCES FOR PROGRESS 4
TheAmerican trend of appreciating wilderness was justified for manyreasons. In the middle of the 19th century, many people startedmoving beyond the poetic and painting crafts and drummed up supportfor wilderness creation. I feel this was an effective step because aspointed out by historian William Cronin, wilderness is part of ahuman creation that developed human cultures and human history. Formany years, many people have perceived the wilderness as a humblingplace and experience. Historians have compared it to the geography ofthe mind that offers one a perceived quality and reality.
Oneof the many reasons that push people to fight for the freedom of thewilderness is the impact it has to the human culture. Sinceurbanization, wilderness has had cultural framings as places ofsolitude and more importantly recovery. Wilderness has thereforeachieved to be in the integral part of the human culture, as anelement of nature (Nash, 2014). It is indeed a worrying andhorrifying feeling that once wilderness is lost, it may never berecovered as noted by naturalist Nash. Hence this brings a deepinsight and conversation on the need of wilderness preservation.
Ido support historians when they try to link wilderness burdens of thepoor and the disempowered. Such burdens may mainly include air andwater pollution that have been compared to the gendered differencesand discrimination that occur to human lives. There is a great needto strive to preserve and bring more legislation that will ensurethat the future generations will get to experience the ambiencebrought about by wilderness.
Wildernesshas and continually inspires American poetry and prose, our arts andartifacts, laws, myths and rituals. All these cultural links evokeshuman hubris the unfretted hunger for development and growth.Preservation therefore symbolizes the human virtue of hope. Thathuman has been able to co-exist with ecological neighbors in theplanet after all.
Nash,R.F. (2014). Wildernessand the American Mind.London. Yale University Press