January 16th, 2008
At first, I was confused on which side Cronon was on. He told how the wilderness was historically supposed to be a wasteland and deserted. After saying that, he told of how the wilderness was thought of an ethereal place, where one can find God or just feel in awe to it. He then wrote how wilderness was being misused in present days, and I agree with that. We as a whole aren’t doing a whole lot to save the environment. My friend posted a website on her facebook a couple days ago. This website tells of the resources we have and use today; how they are taken from the environment, how they are manufactured, how they are distributed about the world, and how they are consumed and disposed of. From what I have seen on this site, it is awful at what is happening to wilderness in our world. I have not had many “wilderness” experiences in my life, because I had little to no true wilderness around me when I was growing up. My family has only recently gone on vacation to national parks in the United States. We visited Yellowstone National Park, and it was what I pictured wilderness to be, despite the other humans and roads going throughout the park. When we visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the vast craters and small patches of trees and grass throughout the lava-torn landscape made me feel so insignificant in this world.