Chad Mazzola lives in Cambridge, MA and designs products for the web.

In America, wilderness symbolizes the founding myth of the nation, part and parcel of the epic struggle of the (white) inhabitants of the New World to make the land their own, to prove that they really deserved it. Wilderness then, is a cultural, i.e. human creation, a mirror in which we think to see nature but onto which we in fact project our own unfulfilled longings.