Wilderness – what an evocative term

The great web of creation which supports life on this beautiful planet of ours is finely balanced and interconnected. The more we damage it and the more we diminish or develop our wilderness areas, the more we diminish our own survival on Earth.

WILDERNESS! WHAT AN EVOCATIVE TERM! Sadly, today, most people, including many conservationists, mountaineers and climbers and bushwalkers or hikers, see wilderness, if not still to be tamed by man, then at least subservient to man; a place to be used by man for his pleasure: its value seen only in economic resource terms or for our pleasure . Few see wilderness as something which has a right to exist for its own sake, something we are allowed to share, but which dictates its terms on us.

Do we see see that conservation and the preservation of wilderness is not about protecting an environment for our use but about saving the Earth? The great web of creation which supports life on this beautiful planet of ours is finely balanced and interconnected. The more we damage it and the more we diminish or develop our wilderness areas, the more we diminish our own survival on Earth.

If we wish to save this planet of ours and ensure our own survival, we must accept that wilderness is a vital and integrated part of a total and fragile ecosystem created to support life and ultimately our life. We must not see it as an economic resource for man to use for his pleasure or economic benefit.

For those of us who do go into the wilderness, do we just go to use it, to look at it? Or do we actually allow it to become a part of us by imparting its essence on us? For those who do allow themselves to become a part of it, life will surely take on a new meaning and the wilderness and all its values will live with them. This precious planet of ours will be then seen in a new light. One needs to become one with the wilderness; to merge into it.

Wahlenbergia sp

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