Wilderness Idea

Topics: Hurricane Katrina, Natural environment, Wilderness Pages: 2 (363 words) Published: January 17, 2011
The Wilderness Idea

In this statement from Wallace Stegner's, "The Wilderness Idea", there

are three assertions. These assertions are: 1) No wilderness remains and the

environment we live in is man-controlled, 2) Technology forces us to live a

'termite-life' without a moment of reflection and rest, 3) We are a society like

'Brave New World' that does not care for or have any need for the environment

but instead relies on technology. These assertions are completely false and

could not be further from the truth.

It is ludicrous to think that no wilderness remains. If no wilderness truly

remains then why are there organizations such as American Hiking Society,

Greenpeace, and Earth's 911? The Boy and Girl Scouts of America is perhaps

the most well known of these 'outdoor organizations' with over seven million

registered members. Over 275 million people visit national parks such as

Yellowstone Nation Parks and more local ones such as Clove Lakes Park

annually, about eleven times the amount of people who visit Six Flags (with

every park combined) each year. The wilderness is a huge aspect of many

people's lives in America today.

Technology does not cause society to become "termite-like". If anything

technology allows us to become closer with the wilderness. For example, in

order for people to visit the aforementioned national parks, people must travel

by plane, car, or train. Society also uses technology to help endangered wild

animals breed. If it weren't for technology, these animals would be extinct.

The wilderness has the power to destroy and create. Tens of thousands of

people die each year due to hurricanes, tropical storms, mudslides, and

tsunamis. For example, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 which killed over 1,000

people. If the environment was as man-controlled as Mr. Stegner is assuming

then this disaster would of been averted and many lives would of been...
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