Envs 4 - Jordan Anderson Friday 9 AM Word Count 1182 Human society today is very complicated and sometimes stressful While in a civilized setting

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Jordan Anderson Friday 9 AM Word Count: 1182 Human society today is very complicated and sometimes stressful. While in a civilized setting there can be many thoughts that lead us astray from the body and physical world. We interact with the earth, but rarely experience the wildness of nature. There are those who work in the wilderness, such as loggers or farmers, yet they objectify it and turn it into a commodity. On the other end are the ‘fun hogs’ that play in nature. They are just as bad because they do not care about wilderness; they only see it as a resource for human entertainment. Turner lays out how this attitude toward nature has lead to a tame wilderness that is lacking its original ‘wildness’. He suggests that we must establish a new tradition of the wild. It is essential that we go out and rediscover the wild to learn that we are not separate from nature. With this new sense of identification humans need to create a new universal myth that implies living in harmony with the environment. Turner sees traditional wilderness in its wild state as a very small portion of the globe. In America especially, wilderness areas can be crossed within a day, or two. This is a problem because it takes a while to detach oneself from civilization and become a part of the natural cycles again. Turner suggests a minimum of two weeks in the wild will help clear the mind from society, but a month is better. Another problem with wilderness areas being too small is that they do not have many predators in the natural habitat. This disrupts the food chain, but more importantly Turner believes that while in nature we
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need something wild that is able to kill us. Without a sense of danger from another ‘wild
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENVS 203 taught by Professor Toadvine during the Spring '07 term at University of Oregon.

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Envs 4 - Jordan Anderson Friday 9 AM Word Count 1182 Human society today is very complicated and sometimes stressful While in a civilized setting

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