On the “poetics of the wild” and vernacular ecological restoration

Via Arthur Magazine I came across these essays by Freeman House:

on WILD HUMANITY: People and the Places That Make Them People .

By this definition, the experience of the wild is available to us at every waking—and sleeping—moment. (For the world of dreams is most certainly a wild world.) Any cubic foot of living soil is a wild phenomenon. So is the human autonomic system. One of the handiest reminders I have of my individual relationship to the wild is to imagine what a terminal mess I’d make of things if I tried to take charge of my own breath and heartbeat. The process of broken bones healing is wild. Grass pushing up through the cracks in the sidewalk is a wild resurgence.

And later on

It could be that there is only one discussion of the wild that is of any use to those of us who are neither professional philosophers nor literary critics. That discussion is about how to rediscover a sense of the wild that includes human communities that are both ecologically and economically functional, first in a regional—and only then in a global context.



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  1. .photo by ..WILD HUMANITY People and the Places That Make Them People.by Freeman House.Revised in November 2001 from a University of Montana Wilderness Lecture delivered in April 2001.1..Richard Manning writes in people should cease drawing borders around nature and instead start placing boundaries on human behavior we should begin behaving as if all places matter to us as much as wilderness. We have not only set wilderness apart from our everyday lives we have also made a distinction between human life and the very concept of wildness.

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