Henry David Thoreau's In Wildness Is The Preservation Of The World

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Humans have adopted a need to control instead of survive creating a separation from dependence on the wild which is the very thing we depend most on, thus resulting in destroying the wilderness and wildness of nature. This separation is not a mere physical separation; the drive to control creates this illusion of connection. For example, in Jack Turner’s essay, In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World, he explores this idea through analyzing Henry David Thoreau’s essay Walking. Turner states “human beings no longer accept their status as “part and parcel” of a biological realm that is self-willed, self-determined, self-ordered. Instead we have divided ourselves from that realm and make every attempt to control it for our own interest.” As a society, have we have become too dependent on what we can make in a factory or lab rather than seeking the solutions in nature? The wilderness is a place we should use to understand ourselves and our existences, doing this we regain respect for the wild and with that the ecosystems that sustain our lives. What readers should understand is that “wild” is described by Henry David Thoreau as past participle of: to will, self- willed. In other words, self-organized and the opposite of controlled. Getting to the root of the word, “wildness” seemed to be the first step toward understanding how it preserves the world. We live in a culture today that is obsessed with productivity and efficiency in an attempt to create a false sense of

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