Oliver stated that when Muir got to Yosemite, he finally felt like he was free. Free from his father’s grim, horrific religious beliefs. Free from America’s downward spiral into the gruesome pits of modernization. He took on a new sort of belief. One in which entails that God didn’t favor humankind over any other of His creations. Everything was equally important. He abandoned all previous theories of “choirs of angels” and “unending fires”. Oliver stated that, “in Muir’s mind, there were only two sins left; Desecration of this (nature) beauty and indifference to it”. Muir
realized the lack of human intelligence on nature and decided that he would protect and teach the world of these wonders. It became apparent that Muir’s love of nature was becoming a career when he wrote an article about how glaciers made Yosemite that was published in a New York paper (Oliver). When he left Yosemite, it was only because he was on a mission to teach America that there was more to the world than materialistic things, through his writings. When Muir settled down and had a family, however, he seemed to have abandoned the wilderness because he now had other responsibilities. But, when he returned to Yosemite in 1889, he was horrified to find that part of it was modernized. His new mission was to “declare the mountains around the valley as a national park” (Oliver). A task in which he succeeded in 1890. Muir went on to acquiring many other great achievements. It was because of him the idea of preservation was established (Oliver). Through his writings and actions the world came to cherish nature for its beauty and importance. It was his devotion and love for the wilderness that led to Americans being able to freely access parks as they please. It was his painful encounter with being briefly blinded, his thousand mile walk to the Gulf Coast, his visit to Yosemite Valley and his new-found belief in creation that led him to the path of self-discovery. Though some of these experiences may not have been ideal, they were all a necessary aspects in Muir’s life in order for him to succeed in becoming one of the most legendary conservationist and naturalist known to man.
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