I admire and respect solo hikers and others who desire to be alone in wilderness. For me, however, it is through social interaction with wilderness that we make it a human encounter, becoming not simply passive observers of the wild, but active participants in it. In doing so, we connect with a deep and integral part of our own nature, rekindling bonds of culture and community that our ancestors have experienced since the dawn of time.
We can only hope that our descendants will have similar opportunities to come together in the shared experience of wilderness and to give full expression to our natural place in it. If we allow that to slip from our grasp, an important part of our human heritage will be lost as well.
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