She describes he natural beauty of Hollies Pond in depth, but also describes the noticeable traces of humanity: beer cans under the bushes; motorcycle tracks woven Into the ground; a highway that sits at one end of the pond. She seems to have observed that this “remarkable piece of shallowness” (Dullard 1) has over time, become tainted with the traces of humanity. She notices indications of worldly necessities, but chooses to do only that-?notice. She decides not to indulge her notices into becoming unessential distractions.Most of humanity goes against that grain and accepts distractions to fine them, afraid that without them, they may not have an identity. Dullard in fact uses her own power of choice to not let the traces of humanity keep her from seeing the true beauty of Hollies Pond.
Dullard makes constant reference to the word “wild. ” She begins her essay with the phrase, “A weasel is wild” (Dullard 1) and continues to describe the meaning of “wild” which eventually causes her to desire that characteristic.
But her definition of wild becomes more sophisticated as she further observes the weasel. Before the weasel encounter, Dullard seems to think that a wild weasel has no sense of direction and purpose In life. But when that long glance between the two takes place, she comes to realize that people are not as free as they appear to be. This is both an upsetting, yet Inspiring moment for Dullard. She Is upset that her perception of freedom, is not letting her live freely at all, but she is inspired to learn how to find and utilize her newly defined form of freedom.
She changes her logic of “wild” and instead defines it as the “dignity of living without bias or motive” (Dullard 3). She ultimately concludes that a wild nature can in reality be a calm nature by, “yielding, not fighting” (Dullard 3). Dullard now uses the word “wild” In hopes that It will have a deeper connotation to Its meaning. She subtly emphasizes that one attribute of the word “wild” is drive-?the drive of instinct, which in turn, can also be defined as freedom. Dullard advises that to gain this true freedom, one must, “stalk [their] calling…
O locate the most tender and live spot… ” (Dullard 3). Humanity must have a desire to live by necessity, following instinct. For freedom is not attainable without a yearning. But it is a matter of the desire combined with choice that Influences the result of how one lives freely.
Dullard defines what living by necessity really means. She Identifies that humanity’s perception of necessity Is skewed, as hers was. Certain distractions in the world become natural to individuals, numbing them as to what real freedom feels like. Distractions have been accepted by humanity to define them.Humanity has taken these outside distractions, which are unimportant to survival, and has transitioned them to internal problems and worries. Society alone has allowed and accepted this transition, nothing else. Dullard explains not encourage the abandonment of reason for instinct.
She simply implies that instinct is reason enough. She writes in her essay, “l would like to learn, or remember, how to live” (Dullard 2). This phrase denotes that she once, or humanity once knew how to live-?she Just needs to remember what “living” really indicates.Dullard acknowledges the fact that society once knew how to live as the weasel, acting on instinct and “yielding every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity’ (Dullard 3). Too many people mold, and form themselves to become what they think is right for society standards, when in reality, simple living in the natural state is the origin of true freedom. Living behind superficial walls is misguided happiness. True happiness comes when instinct takes control.
Being raw individuals elevates humanity to real freedom.Dullard describes the weasel as being, “obedient to instinct” (Dullard 1), not distracted by its surroundings. The weasel may notice the surroundings, but he chooses to let them have no affect on his actions, Just like Dullard chose not to let the unnatural surroundings at Hollies Pond have an affect on her. Instinct is a form of lesson. Dullard makes reference to the weasel’s behavior stating that, “instinct taught him” (Dullard 1). This implies that instinct at one point, might have been unnatural, but can be learned if we are willing-?it is only a matter of choice.Some individuals think that life is dependent on the circumstances that make up society.
But those peoples’ perceptions on life are skewed. It is those surroundings that are distractions to humanity’s natural, simplistic life that many fail to live. Dullard says, “l come to Hollies Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, to forget about it” (Dullard 2). Indeed, true living is achieved when outside disturbances are removed. Too live by necessity, is to know true freedom.
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