Archive for January, 2008

Response to Thoreau

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Response to Thoreau             In Walden Pond, Thoreau is taking extreme effort into contextualizing the idea of living in the primitive state, and attempting to make it sound like it truly is “the better life.” In comparison to Cronan’s ideas about Human involvement, Thoreau seems to be leaning more towards the actual understanding of Human behavior in the world, as oppose to the solutions that need to be met for the preservation of it.             Cronan however brings about a very good point in the evaluation of Thoreau. Cronan states that Thoreau demonstrates a “stern loneliness” in his experience of “wilderness”, at Walden Pond. This is exactly what I felt coming from Thoreau time after time throughout the reading, that with every mention of his friends or of the relatedness animals have with people, Thoreau  seems to give off a longing for human contact, and his necessity to communicate. I believe that Thoreau indeed found “wilderness” living at Walden Pond, not just through surviving it physically, but more importantly mentally.            Cronan states how earlier society viewed the wilderness as evil, and how we as people gradually accepted it as a good thing. I believe that our gradual approval of the wilderness came with our gradual urbanization, which took us away from the idea of the “evil forest.” However living out in the woods without human contact has made people crazy, and it is kind of weird how it messes with one’s mind. In this context, Thoreau did find “wildness” which I define as not only surviving the wild, but enduring the mental stress of not having anyone to talk to is a battle I do not believe I could win.

Response to William Cronan

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Response to William Cronan             William Cronan does a very good job at breaking down the concept of the “wilderness” in order for the guilt factor to develop within the reader. You see throughout the reading how Cronan is nearly worshipping the ideology of the wilderness environment and yet the only real solution that is brought about is that everyone should commit suicide in order for the “wilderness” to go back to the way it was.            In my opinion, Cronan is about fifty fifty alongside my views on the environment and the roles we as humans share with it. When walking through the woods, I too feel the sense of holiness and spiritual atmosphere that seems to engulf the mind. The appreciation of nature seems to be there for the two of us, however Cronan seems to take it a bit to the extreme with the whole “Deep Ecology” mindset that he continuously brings up throughout his work. I believe that Man was put on this earth with the intention of our usage of the materials around us. Humans have the mindset to perfect they’re mode of living, while the beaver per say was given the mindset to build a shelter to the best of its ability which will aid it to the fullest in its survival, “Just Like Humans.”            I myself have also had many wilderness experiences, and enough of them to have what I believe to be a full appreciation of nature in its simplicity. Cronan I believe takes it to the next level though with the talk of DEEP ECOLOGY, however those are his views and I have no room to contradict. His efforts help found organizations for wildlife preservation, and I don’t believe that any harm can come to preserving the environment for the future generations.

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