1. Abbey’s concepts of wilderness, culture, and civilization
Wild, and chaotic
A place to escape
Destroys the wild
Houses the masses
Corrupt and greedy
Brings about conformity
Can exist without civilization
Procedures and facts rationality
Are countires cultures? Consider the concept of nation-state
Does civilization protect the wilderness as Abbey believes?
Are Abbey’s statements viable?
2. Human Presence in the SouthWest
Pollution, littering, and crowds
Increase in population
3. Prehuman culture of the SouthWest
Rock art, trails, pueblos from anicient cultures still in tact in the southwest, used and flourished on the land.
Pictographs, petroglyphs, pueblos, people lived in the wilderness withouth modern days shit.
4. Water resources and the Colorado river.
Diminishing water table, more water being used in the reservoirs than the Colorado river can supply
Without water one can not survive in the desert
5. Uranium mining
Created greed, corruption, and materialim
Utah is mormon country and they created a commune and culture among the wilderness centralized around their church
The idea of Sublime
Lost in the desert, just you with the wilderness with bare necessities to survive, amazing experience but face death, true sublime experience.
“The desert lies beneath and soars beyond and possible human qualification, therefore, sublime.” P224
“I am twenty miles or more from the nearest fellow human, but instead of lonliness I feel lovliness.” P16
There are time when creation can be achieved only through destruction. The urge to destroy is then a creative urge. P202
…Nature’s polluted; There’s man in every secret corner of her; Doing dammed, wicked deeds. P206
Questions about the Abbey Reading
1.How would one desribe Edward Abbey, and how does the book describe wilderness?
2. Does modern machinery and technology bring humans closer or more distant from wilderness?
3. What are the effects of industrial tourism on national parks?
4. What is valued more time or space?
5. The idea of Solipism and is it true?
6. Will Arches, as a national park and wilderness be the same when Abbey returns.