What it means to be wild…

 

Thoreau once wrote an essay called “Walking,” where he made this striking remark:

“Ben Jonson exclaims: ‘How near to good is what is fair.’ So I would say: ‘How near to good is what is wild.'”

Thoreau wrote his essay in a time before many modern devices came into play. Look at us now: there are cell phones, sometimes more than one in each household; an iPad, iPod, or i-something-or-other, if not one of the alternatives, constantly within reach; computers that we can drag all over the house, connecting on social networks with people we may never see; and a television where we can connect to watch hundreds of channels, or Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or somewhere else altogether, avoiding the world around us. Even now, as I write this, I can claim that most of this is within my reach.

In truth, the general populace is fading into a virtual world, forgetting how remarkable, unique, and beautiful nature is. There are few who consider how perfect nature’s countless roads align with our veins; how stunning the sun is, shining on an October day settling into an autumn chill; and what it’s like to walk the Earth, to know how it rises and falls beneath our feet.

On a clear day, I thirst for the honesty of walking—the full, spiritual connection to the world around me. For this reason, I am proud to be an editor of a blog[zine] that speaks so clearly to me. The poetry from WISH is innate, visceral, and raw like the Earth; and each poet and reader embraces a nomadic truth: that a walk alone is good, but a shared thirst for what is wild draws us nearer to what it means to be human than any modern device.

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hrholt1986

I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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