Cronon Blog

Within the first two paragraphs, William Cronon explains that the wilderness is a product of civilization and is not untouched like many believe. The culture of humans has influenced the wilderness is many ways. Throughout history, there had been a race to see who could pick up what land and have the most. As the settlers moved west, the amount of land became smaller and smaller and then there was no more. There was a fight to make national parks and to this day there are none in the grasslands.

Whenever I have thought about nature and the wilderness, I had never thought about it being influenced by culture, especially American culture. It always seems pristine and untouched, something that shouldn’t be messed with in any way and that I should try my best to preserve. However, Cronon opened my eyes to the reality of nature. It is not perfect and serine. Just because the government set up national parks doesn’t mean it is what nature wants. Nature seems to have its own personality that is stronger than any other force.

Even though nature is not a human, it has human traits such as a temper. When the human population changes something, such as cutting down too many trees or using up fossil fuels, the wilderness seems to fight back. Nature and the wilderness are the same thing, growing and striving to keep itself alive. While there are many religious references, the point I take away from them is that nature should be treated with respect because of the power it has.

Nature is not something humans can take and play with. It is a free spirit that is not just National Parks and our backyards. It is deep and heavy with substance, more than what humans can see at a park or behind their house. It extends past the government owned lands and private property. Everyone wants a piece of nature but in reality, the general public only really knows the trees on their street and the National Parks they see pictures of. There is so much unexplored that should be explored, but in a way where it benefits all.

4 Replies to “Cronon Blog”

  1. Although I compared nature to a human in the form of an extended metaphor in my commentary, I never thought to extend it as much as you have and make so many comparisons. You have very good points in your post. I never thought about how nature always seems to fight us back whenever we inflict it. It’s interesting.

  2. Hi Abby,
    I totally agree with you that before this reading I never really associated American culture with the wilderness and didn’t think it had an influence on nature. It really did open your eyes to the fact that the government plays a big role in what wilderness is and that these national parks that we preserve aren’t really nature parks if they’re confined. I think you did a great job in your reflection of this and I saw some of the same points as you did!

  3. I had the same thoughts as you before reading Cronon, I always thought that nature was beautiful and pristine, not corrupted by humans. But nature is not as it seems, trapped within parks and reserves. I think you are correct in your statement that nature is not something we can simply steal and play with, the truth of the wilderness is that it is not controlled and -as the name suggests – wild. Very insightful read from Cronon, and a good post showing some of the key parts of it, while having your own opinions.

  4. Abby,

    I like the idea of nature having emotions, that’s a cool point of view. The concept of nature being reactive directly to our actions is a refreshing idea to me. It adds a personality to nature that I think could help us all flagship sustainability.

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