I feel like Thoreau and Cronon probably would have wonderful conversations if they could. Both value the wildness of nature, and they both have lots of ideas about those values in everyday life. Cronon values finding our own nature in our lives, whether that be in a nearby forest or a park, and protecting it like it was the environment itself. Thoreau values spending time with nature, learning from it and becoming more whole with it by being alone with it for prolonged times.
Thoreau has a very poetic way of viewing nature, but for many people like me it is an unrealistic one. Many people simply don’t have the time to do as he did, to “walk” in nature. I feel that in walking, Thoreau puts too much emphasis on two points- time and motive. He spends hours, several at a time, just walking. For many people though, we cannot just throw away a few hours of our lives to be in touch with the outdoors. We have lives and responsibilities we have to attend to. I also feel like he puts a lot of shame on others for not being able to “truly walk”. He states that only those gifted by god are able to walk in nature correctly, and that others aren’t really doing it. To me, I feel like so long as anyone tries to be one with nature, they have already somewhat completed the task. One does not have to be gifted by god. I feel like in a way, his reactions to others is more of a way to feel alone with nature. Like Cronon states, he seems to want a loneliness with nature, and to perpetuate that he feels he is the only one who can be in nature correctly. It is still a very beautiful idea, to be with nature, but I feel anyone can do it, they don’t have to do it for long or do it “correctly” as Thoreau would say it.