Wilderness, as an archetypal concept, is the ‘growing tip’ of something.
Within any growing ecosystem, any ecosystem which is survivable, whether a culture, an animal or anything else, there has to be an abstract space for growth, as described on the Temenos page.
One of the tricks of melting pots is to create an artificial wilderness within which indigenous interests can be coerced into perceiving ‘their place’ within the melting pot.
In pre history, before the various growing tips of the melting pot met, there was ‘wilderness’, which was vacant territory, land without humans. Then there was the artificial wilderness of ‘captivity’ i.e., a new space in which a person was either about to die in conflict or about to kill in conflict. Then, as consolidated races weakened, captivity evolved into a training weapon, a way to ‘educate’ conquered groups so their assimilation would appear to lead to consolidation of the melting pot.
This training evolved from previous assimilation tools. In other words there is continuity from methods used far back in pre history by the ancestors of consolidated species.
The difference is that there is a conflict today between two or more competing ‘potentially consolidated species’, a result of eastern expanding melting pots meeting western expanding melting pots. The result of which is that either
- one or the other expanding melting pot will survive within a ‘wilderness’ that includes indigenous groups i.e., one of the two groups will be absorbed by the others before they have finished consuming their respective indigenous groups or
- both will survive in a ‘wilderness’ which does not include any indigenous groups until they have a final decisive battle which is not necessarily ‘military’ but leads to the physical extinction of one of them i.e., a nuclear type conflict, or
- Indigenous groups will start to expand within a ‘federated artificial wilderness’ created by melting pots which have ‘compromised’ to allow the survival of competitors, a ‘compromise’ which would obviously be dependent on self interest in the long run.
So today, before any of the three eventualities listed above has played out, there are one, or two, or many melting pots, depending on your view, and they are using tools which are here categorized as ‘artificial wilderness’ to further their consolidation in preparation for one of the three eventualities.
An example of artificial wilderness that is easy for industrialized people to perceive is the idea of jails and schools.
In a consolidated indigenous culture people, individuals, go to ‘wilderness’ to find a more natural order which consolidates them individually. In other words the absence of any human influence provides ‘something’ abstract which can be brought back to an isolated consolidated group, and which gives it power.
In semi consolidated cultures this develops as a visible tradition. Those cultures consciously recognize the value of ‘whatever’ was gotten from such wilderness in the past, and encourage it. This is a ‘slightly artificial wilderness’. A midway between a real wilderness and the slow death wilderness created in melting pots.
In melting pots now, post the ‘east meets west’ moment in history, there is no longer a ‘real’ wilderness available to any descendent of any non consolidated tribe. In other words ‘wilderness’ a person from any melting pot can find today is not of the same quality as what a tribal person finds. It does not have the same space unless a person limits their view which defeats the purpose of wilderness. One more natural fact forcing melting pots to choose between a death spiral and outer space.