Similarly to William Cronon’s approach to nature and wilderness, Henry David Thoreau uses the non-human world as a way of free expression. From their point of view, man was not free. We let industrialization make direct contact with the wilderness. Gradually, man built roads, houses, and cut down a lot of trees in the forests.
We, I do believe, have become more obsessed with our own idea of what nature or wilderness is supposed to look like and feel like to us. Cronon and Thoreau are explaining to us that we as man have been creating these big enterprises that are destroying and watering down nature(wilderness) as an outlet to make profit. Villas are great examples to me of watered down wilderness. Villas do have trees and nice ocean side views, but they are still like little mini hotel mansions that single out other aspects of wilderness.
Villas give us the feeling of nice beds, cell phone reception, and television to watch, like our “homes.” It is a “place to and from which things are carried,” (Thoreau 192). We carried these aspects of our own “Americanized” cultural values and have used them to create non-requisite leisure that Thoreau says can only be partaken by God.
I do agree that Thoreau demonstrates a “stern loneliness.” He talks a lot about how he loves to take overly timed walks by himself. Like me, he loses track of time! Thoreau loves the idea of having leisure time.
Yes, Thoreau does find wilderness without leaving the city. Farms are one of the main wilderness experienced places that he finds. It is because of the animals and the insects and trees around it.