Mount Williamson (An Enhanced Exploratory Essay with comparitive references to Ansel Adam's Photo Mount Williamson)

Essay by jasondillingerHigh School, 11th gradeA+, March 2004

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The major foundation of all civilizations, cultures and religions is the concept of community. A family, a town, a nation, a world, united in the search for a utopian society, has been the dreams of philosophers since the dawning of civilization. A united based people can create a sense of bliss, compassion, and love; concepts that one could argue are the fundamentals of divinity. Our modern society, however, has forgotten the benefits of unity and has moved forward as a capitalistic society focusing purely on the individual. The desire for a utopian society is now clouded with the importance stressed on the individual and the constant struggle to get "ahead". The idea of community makes individuals work together towards a common goal, while capitalism forces man to fight against each other for the identical selfish goal. Ansel Adams captures this struggle between the individualism and communism in his 1944 image of Mount Williamson.

Mount Williamson lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's, and Ansel Adams' simple photograph vividly grasps modern society's views of destroying community. The picture depicts a wide valley covered in giant boulders as far as the eye can see. Each boulder is unique with its own size, shape, and color; however they all share a common characteristic of being just that: a boulder. These boulders can be seen as a metaphor for mankind. We all are unique and connected through the common thread of humanity. Our individual focuses, however, blind us from acknowledging the struggles of the rest of the world. The boulders lay in front of the gargantuan mountain, Mount Williamson, which contain an aura of divinity.

Through the teachings of the Old Testament, we have been led to believe that we are created in the image of God; and to achieve love...