John Muir

John Muir’s perspective on nature and direct experience of the non-human world is surprisingly different. When he thinks of the non-human world, the direct experience is very adventurous and lustful. Unlike Cronon, Thoreau, Whitman, and Bello, Muir feels a rather great spiciness and resin in the wind.  Muir’s feelings towards nature are also very personified! Muir says that “the         rocks seemed talkative, and more telling and lovable than ever,(Muir 100).

The direct experience to him is warm. The trees have warm blood gushing out. His view of the direct experience is like an “Australian dare-devil adventure!” I believe that Cronon would characterize Muir’s experience with wilderness as very playful! The reason why I think that is because Muir uses words like “the thin, crooked mouth  of some mysterious abyss; but it was eroded, for in many places I saw its solid, seamless floors,” (Muir 103), to describe how he felt about the abyss.

I so definitely can relate to Muir’s time in the mountains. His time in the mountains felt spontaneous and fun. It felt like I was day dreaming everything. There is this great rush that I feel in his choice of words when I read. Rainbows all day and night!

When Muir says that the rocks are “talkative,” I believe that he is saying that the rocks were calling his name. He felt like he had to climb the rocks and experience time on the rocks. He was happy. Yes, he almost fell and could have died, but he wanted that sense of adventure.


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