Is the wilderness wild?



Is the wilderness wild? Nature has its order and organization, but compared to the order humans produce they are impossibly complex. Wilderness is a word for uncultivated land. When we humans take over a piece of wilderness and cultivate it, we override the natural order and implement the logic of our use of the land. We have been doing that for millennia and large parts of our world seem quite natural to us, with woods and streams and swooping birds and wild flowers, when in fact they are a hybrid of technological and biological systems.





Text fragment courtesy: Almost Nature / Dirk van Weelden (2015)