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ERIC Number: ED111564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
Pages: 16
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Wilderness: A Way of Thinking; A State of Mind.
Askham, Leonard R.
Wilderness, as a state of mind, has persisted among men since the beginning of time. Written history has documented man's struggle with and against it. It has only been during the last century that man, in a societal context, has designated vast tracts of land as wilderness. The extent to which wilderness attributes are perceived and the meaning attached to them varies with the observer. Over the years, it has been regarded both as an enemy to be conquered in the name of civilization, Christianity, and progress, and as something of value to be cherished and preserved. Thus, the dichotomy emerges between wilderness as a physical entity and wilderness as perceived by an individual encountering a previously unencountered, operational environment for the first time. For many people, particularly those who are born and raised in an urban environment, the wilderness begins at the edge of the concrete. For others, it exists at the bounds of their limitations. Therefore, each individual perceives wilderness in the context of his history, maturation, and exposure to different types of operational environments. As exposure increases and the individual matures, so does his concept of what a wilderness might be. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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