What Does it Mean to Be Wild?

20 Jan

For Thoreau, the world is more than just society. It’s nature. We are part of nature and the wilderness, not just society, and because of this, being wild should be instinctive.

Walking is a beautiful thing to do; peaceful and surrounded by nature, walking is better than sitting inside in a business suit doing paperwork. Walking should be an adventure, not to be burdened down with relationships, worries, or stress. I feel like Thoreau’s concept of walking is a lot like the Hobbit. Walking is a way to preserve your emotions and health. By ridding the body of unwanted stress, walking in nature is healing. In society, you see businessmen, politics, schools, and manufacturing…in nature and wilderness you see animal tracks and wonderful landscape.

Looking west means looking towards the future. When America was first discovered, it was settled in the east, with massive landscape in the west to imagine the future. The east was already developed and polluted. The east is known for its history and intellect, whereas the west contains adventures to the hopes and dreams for the future.

Dillard views humans as connected with the wilderness.

Nature is depicted as so beautifully simple whereas today’s society is so busy, hectic, and complex.

We have the option to live how we want. We don’t have to have the busy, hectic, and complex lifestyle. We can be like the weasel that lives in touch with nature, a simple life, whose only real stresses are from the destruction caused by society…like beer cans and motorcycle tracks.

In both of these readings, the authors used the words, wilderness and nature, interchangeably. When I think of wild, I think of animalistic behaviors, against social standards. I think of crazed and scary monsters and my little cousin who runs around screaming with no thought to anyone else.  To me, wilderness is just a lack of civilization.

On the other hand, nature is beautiful, simple and peaceful. When I think of nature, I think of mountains, rivers, fields and forests, and the weasel in “Living Like Weasels.”  In nature, I stand so still and quiet so I can hear the beauty of the sounds of rushing water, the slight breeze, and scurrying little animals. As cliché as it sounds, I actually smell the flowers. I feel connected to nature, like Thoreau and Dillard.


One Response to “What Does it Mean to Be Wild?”

  1. Kelly McLees January 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    I really love this piece! The suggestion that we, as individuals, are not separate but rather an integral part of nature is almost overwhelming. It is such a simple thought that it quite hard to comprehend in our lives when we seem to surround ourselves with other people and technology. True ‘wilderness’ is an irrational concept to our generation of ‘immediate-gratification’ society. I agree with you that nature is a conecting force that unifies individuals with their surroundings and gives them satisfaction with their existence.

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