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2.03.2008

"Into The Wild"


I'm currently reading this book about Chris McCandless - a college graduate who, is essence, said "screw it" and walked into the wilderness in Alaska. As we learn in the first chapter, that journey kills him. I'm not sure what I think about the guy because, before his Alaskan adventure, he also lived under a bridge and worked at McDonalds for several months.

But I did like this excerpt from a letter he wrote:

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greather joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

McCandless and Timothy Treadwell (Grizzly Bears are cute!) Two Original American Heroes.

MORONS.

He should have said "Nothing is more dangerous to the adventerous spirit. . . than being a dumbass."

Anonymous said...

That's profound. I'm going to quit my job, blow my 401K, live under a bridge and become a liberal weenie. I'M FREE.

Anonymous said...

There is not a better place than the wilds of Alaska for a social misfit to simply disappear.

Anonymous said...

Not so much! I'm guessing he was a glass half empty person. I find happiness in seeing the same sunsets and sunrises. I also cherish the face and voice of an old friend. Maybe I am just strange because I like to see and think the best of people, at least until proven otherwise.

Jarhead said...

Ahhh, nothing like life affirming quotes from a guy who abandoned his worldly possessions only to become a hobo and die uselessly after being poisoned by wild berries in an old bus in the Alaskan wilderness not knowing that there was a chair traverse about a mile upstream from where he tried to cross the swollen river that kept him from civilization to brighten one's day!

The gene pool is just a little deeper now that this guy is gone.

cynicalnick said...

The dude actually starved to death,he weighed I believe 67 lbs at the time of his death. The poisoned berry idea was promoted by the Krakauer guy who wrote the book Barry is reading,probably to make sense out of something so senseless. The dude basically committed suicide. The sad and strange legacy to this goober is guys are still somehow inspired by this story and show up in Alaska ready to throw their lives away in similar fashion, causing trouble for police and rescue personnel. I wish I had half the chance in life this idiot threw away for nothing.

Jarhead said...

Oh, yeah I remember now. It's been a while since I read it...

Thanks for pointing that out...

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

McCandless was a total IDIOT. Do some research on his death. Guy was six miles from a park ranger station that had the supplies to save him. I believe he was only 2 miles from a crossing for river that "flooded" him in. 'Course... going in without a map... *sheesh*

I find nothing noble in his story... plenty of stories about people taking vows of poverty. And thanks to the internet, plenty of Darwin Awards to hand out... like this guy should have one.

The fact that Sean Penn felt like he needed to make this into a movie makes it strike three for me.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

According to a Alaska newspaper, researchers have not been able to confirm the "theories" that say he mistakenly died by eating the wrong kind of seeds.

I personally think he just starved. Or was ate up... with the DUMB A$$.

http://dwb.adn.com/news/alaska/mccandless/story/9364497p-9278127c.html

Anonymous said...

Do they have chupacabras in Alaska? If they do, he could have lived off one of those for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to have the guts to give that guy a Darwin Award and start placing him in those dramatic death lists.

Anonymous said...

I don't care how poetic about he was, if the dudes final words were,"Hold my beer,and watch this." nobody would be inspired by this doofus and what he did was even more stupid.

Anonymous said...

This old story always hits a nerve with me. He went into the Alaskan wilderness with a .22 caliber rifle,ammo,a bag of rice and a homemade sleeping bag and no surprise he died. What is somewhat surprising is how he's now viewed a hero who braved the elements as a lone minimalist. If I strapped a roll of toilet paper to my back and jumped out out of an airplane is that minimalism or stupidity?