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    The Wilderness Experience

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    Many books have been written about the wilderness and the wilderness experience. Literary works devoted to describing the very nature of the wilderness and living in the wilderness allow readers to experience, through the author’s perspective the challenges and the satisfaction one feels when living off the land. Which then allows the reader to develop a newfound or a deeper appreciation for the wilderness. These writings describe the continuous relationship between the wilderness and humanity, and provide some insight into human nature and our ability to survive even in the most severe environments. Indian Creek Chronicles and Desert Solitaire are books that transport the readers to a place not often experienced personally and into the…

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    Wilderness Analysis

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    brief overview of the historical foundation for the views on wilderness of the early pioneers of North America and how these views on wilderness have shaped American opinion on wilderness. The early American settlers’ view had a strong historical precedent. Early Humans’ values were geared toward survival so things that were useful to them were deemed “Good” and things that were a challenge to their survival were “Bad”. As time went on humans were able to control certain limited aspects of…

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    Perspective Of Wilderness

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    Evolving Perspective of Wilderness In the beginning, Judeo-Christian tradition shaped people’s ideas of wilderness. It was an area alien to man. They led man to believe that they could not survive in uninhabited land. People, at this time, believed that a drought and the resulting wilderness was brought upon by the Lord as a curse in order to show his displeasure. As stated in the Old Testament, “The ancient Hebrews regarded the wilderness as a cursed land and that they associated its forbidding…

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    Construction of nature and Rethinking Wilderness “The task of making a home in nature is what Wendell Berry has called “the forever unfinished lifework of our species” (Cronon, 87). Centuries ago humans lived among nature, hunting and gathering to survive. Yet the advent of agriculture pulled humans away from nature and gradually we isolated ourselves from the wilderness, only to return on occasion. From the capitalist-consumer culture to our urban centers, we have found solace in modern…

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    Wilderness is a highly idealized concept in today’s society – we simply put it on a pedestal and choose to admire it as we see fit. Separate from our everyday, civilized lives, nature and wilderness are distant and remote concepts. By approaching the natural realm in this sense, we simply detach ourselves from our origin, which leaves us to fantasize about the great outdoors as an escape from the artificial creations of our everyday life. This dualistic notion and the desire to escape our…

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    Wilderness Expeditions Improve Self-Esteem and Connectedness to Nature Among Adolescents Poor mental health and self-esteem often track throughout a lifetime, and those with low self-esteem have been shown to be less capable of coping with stressful life events and are more prone to depression and anxiety. Connection to nature has been shown to play a role in improving mental well-being, self-esteem, and happiness. While previous studies show a relationship between exposure to nature and…

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    In the story, “The trouble with wilderness” by William Cronon, explains the wilderness as we can imagine has no longer relation to nature. Because of the culturally constructed nature of wilderness, he argues is that we need to change the way we think about wilderness. One of the most fundamental views of environmentalism of holiness of wilderness. It is considered a pure, pristine environment, “an island in the polluted sea of urban-industrial modernity,” a landscape untouched by humanity.…

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    In today’s time, society has branded any part of the globe that is not part of civilization to be part of the “wilderness.” From mainstream media, to the use of the wilderness in books, it has been described as “barren wastelands” or even “dangerous forests.” As a result, the wilderness is mostly associated with trees, forests, or even open landscapes where various species of animals and plants build their habitats. While some of these descriptive factors may not be true, the wilderness is…

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    both the portrayal and perception of wilderness has evolved drastically. What was long described as a godless, desolate wasteland later became a focal point for artists who romanticized wilderness, modifying common outlook on such places. Due to their complexity, scarcity, and embodiment of spirituality, wilderness was now something to be valued and treasured. Then with the turn of the 19th century, the Manifest Destiny doctrine took hold, characterizing wilderness as a thing to be conquered and…

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    Wilderness; To McCandless and many other people, it has a very special and specific allure. While to most it is a lawless and dangerous place, McCandless sees the wilderness as a pure state where the evils of modern society don’t exist. This is a place where someone like him can live by his own rules and only be dependent on himself. And for McCandles this was what compelled him to live in and of the wilderness. Although McCandless journal entries depict that he does receive some answers for his…

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