Lost in the Wilderness
No country seems to determine everything in the landscape so much as in the Netherlands. While society thrives on what nature provides, it is removed without a second thought. Civilisation appears alienated from nature. The last natural witnesses in the landscape, which remember the rise of our dominant society, are being demolished by neo-liberal infused overconsumption and exploitation. The Wilderness, an undisturbed place just for the natural world, is at first thought impossible to find in a land so purposefully created by human hands. This research investigates the historical and novel understandings of Wilderness in The Netherlands. I explored the historical context and the contemporary events in literature. With that knowledge, I examined the locations that impacted the view of the Wilderness and created a film. The film tells a story of a turbulent past and a warning for today. However, it also demonstrates that the Wilderness is not yet a lost cause and inspires others to explore their natural surroundings. I will show that a novel view of Wilderness is not merely a human notion but a demonstration of ethics towards nature. We can live with Wilderness and invite it into our self-shapen country. The story can help pave the way for a more harmonious relationship with nature, although patience, reflection, contemplation and devotion are required.