Throughout history, a central question to human identity has been “can I improve myself?”. To naturalist John Muir, the answer to this is irrevocably yes. Muir goes beyond just arguing that a person can improve themselves and goes on to theorize on the best way to go about this enhancement. Muir believes that the best way to improve yourself is through experiences with nature, as is evident in the collection of his written works titled Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings. By interacting with wild, untouched nature, people can learn more about not only about themselves but also engage in a spiritual experience with God.
As of today, in American society, culture has developed a preconceive construct, labeling nature. To many individuals, the wilderness is a destination or place, one can visit in order to view the last remaining spots on earth that are “pure.” These designated places have, therefore, not been infected by human civilization. In American culture, wilderness is seen as an experience where one can go out and hike through the mountains and families can go camping in order to experience what is is like to be “out in the wild.”
The natural and the artificial world are seen by many as vastly different environments with little to nothing in common. However, photographer, Dana Fritz works to dispel this dichotomy. In Dana Fritz’s photo series, Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass (2007), he visits and documents artificial ecosystems and terrariums. He is documenting the natural world, placed in an artificial setting, something that is rarely seen. One specific image, Green Ductwork, highlights the complex differences between the natural and artificial world and displays the true influence humans have over the natural world.
Nature; a simple word, yet it can mean so much more. It is home to animals, insects, and humans. Many different experiences can happen in nature as the depicted in Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Guy Montag’s, from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, journey into nature is reflected in Nature. Also, there is a sense of the occult relation between a man and vegetable.
Wilderness as a settler-colonial construct that embodies prejudice--racism and sexism--and that continues to shape and engrave settler-colonial ideologies in our society’s mindset, it should be questioned as to how it has been so powerful a cultural enterprise. Stories are what empower cultural persistence and cultural identity. In particular, the United States has implemented the use of story to shape and construct its cultural ideologies and to marginalize and disempower women and Indigenous people so that white men can assume a position of supremacy. Within these stories, the heroes are often depicted as innocent--similar to anti-conquest in which the colonizer naturalizes his own presence while establishing his power over native peoples
There are many different transcendentalist characteristics. Some of the characteristics would be self reliance. In civil disobedience people are relying on themselves. People need to be more self reliant. There are to many people in the world who rely on others.
Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is defined as “a philosophy which says that thought and spiritual things are more real than ordinary human experience and material things”(Merriam-Webster). I personally believe that transcendentalism is a lifestyle that I would be willing to live. Transcendentalism illustrates the importance of individuality. The philosophy also embodies the importance of nature and the mind. In my personal opinion, transcendentalism is an ideal way to live.
In order to understand the world that we live in, it is imperative to first conceive the operating forces that shape how our society, economy and politics work, and what the impacts in our lives and environment are. In this sense, it is necessary to approach the following topics: political ideology, globalization and our natural environment. Political ideology is basically a political code of conduct, gathering up similar ideals and beliefs about how society and government should work. Political ideology does not refer only to politicians, but to anyone who is inserted in a society. Given the plurality of opinions and beliefs among people, it is not a surprise to realize the variety of political ideologies all over the world.
Through the texts Into Thin Air, Wild, and A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains portray many events in their travels and adventures that are rather dangerous and others discomforting. From uncomfortable living arrangements to practically dying on a mountain top these three books all have dangers and discomforts in them. The human mind is a very powerful thing, yet fear can quickly ravage the mind causing you to go into fight or flight mode. This Essay will compare the various dangers in the three books that some may consider “humankind’s worst fears” and contrast them and go in depth of their differences.
With human advancement, technology has taken on a life of its own. The current American society’s reliance on digital support has caused it to forget the importance of its humanity. The novelist, Wallace Stegner, wrote in a letter to argue for the preservation of the wilderness in order to help restore the spirituality and historical values of America, which he sent to David E. Pesonen, a research assistant for the Wildland Research Center at the University of California. His claim relays that the remaining wilderness needs to be preserved as much as possible because American society needs to remember and appreciate its ancestral roots. While he used primarily pathos as his method of persuasion, his argument lacks factual information and mentions minimal credibility.
It is no secret that there is a difference between human and nature. Many people in the world do not want their children to watch the outside world, but instead they want them to be fixated on the world that isn't really there. We often try to connect with nature by trying to alter it, but in all reality, it isn't nature at all, but another chance for humans to try and alter nature. In the excerpt "The Last Child in the Woods", by Richard Lou v it explains three important devices. They happen to be: Analogy, foreshadowing, and satire.