UsingResources for Progress
Itis acceptable to use the natural resources for the progress of thenation. The 19thCentury illustrates the importance of using natural resources forprogress of the United States. This period was well known as an eraof exploitation of the America’s natural resources. This is becausethe wilderness was attacked by the human processes of civilizationand urbanization. These were to be achieved if only the inhabitantsremoved or altered the state of wilderness or the natural environment(Nash 9). This was through human activities such as cutting of trees,plowing and creation of rails. This era presented the human claim andfrustration of the existing natural environment.
Itis acceptable to use natural resources for progress, as seen in thewestward expansion. This expansion was powered by the growingpopulation, who were in constant search of lands to cultivate andinhabit that was achieved by the processes of deforestation andcultivation. In addition to that, America was characterized bydiversity in racial affiliations. In so, the former inhabitantsengaged in superiority wars to determine the dominant race in theAmerican territories. Finally, in the era of industrialization therewas a need to expand the rails to access vast markets.
Naturalresources can also be used for cultural and aesthetic progress. Thiscan be proven by the century period that was largely characterized byprogress in literature and paintings. Nash an author of literaturematerials depicted the constant conflicting relationship of humanbeings with the wilderness. These literature materials were able torender the reader to an analytical understanding of the wilderness.It also offered the readers a framework with which to engage with.Together with many writers, Nash offered a broader and futurediscussion of the wilderness by future environmental scholars oractivists to future generations (Nash 9). Painters on the other handwere able to inspire their audience with different attitudes towardsthe wilderness. The audience was inspired to co-habit with theenvironment rather than causing destructions. As a result, manyAmerican people were able to view wilderness as a vocationaldestination rather than tempting territories for conquering.
Nash,Roderick. Wildernessand the American Mind (5thedition).New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013, Print