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Christopher McCandless - The Man Who Turned An Ideal In To His Reality

Updated on August 18, 2014
Christopher McCandless living out his idealistic dream in the Alaskan wilderness.
Christopher McCandless living out his idealistic dream in the Alaskan wilderness. | Source

Christoper McCandless was a man with a great sense of moral integrity, who managed to throw off the chains of the modern western society, and return to nature, where he truly belonged. Something that I'm sure most of you have fantasied about at least once in your life. I know I have/do on a regular basis. I've seen people commenting on his actions, claiming them as being arrogant, woefully unprepared, mentally unbalanced, and possibly suicidal.

To me, those comments are the evidence of modern society brainwashing the masses into thinking that a full, happy, comfortable life is something that can only be achieved through living your life in a society full of rules and boundaries. Almost as if happiness has an unbreakable definition. In this universe full of unknowns and seemingly random happenings, do you really think that there is a right and wrong way to live? However, there are definitely some basic rights and wrongs that exist, and they exist for a reason.

We came from nature, we exited the food chain, and our arrogance tells us that 'we won'. The only truth is that we ARE nature. We NEED nature. But nature doesn't need US. Being part of something bigger is more than working your way to the top, pushing others down as you go. Being part of something bigger is taking a look out your window and seeing past the concrete and steel. Being part of something bigger is losing the mind frame that humans are the be all and end all of intelligent existence. The definition of intelligence is flawed.

Being human is to posses the ability to see that we are part of something bigger. The ability to accept that you are ultimately powerless to determine the outcome of your existence, and the ability to accept and embrace that feeling helplessness. Being scared and overwhelmed by the realization of the sheer immensity of what we are part of isn't a bad thing. It's a beautiful thing, because once you realize that you are small, powerless, and insignificant, it's only then that you find how significant what we are part of, living in, every second of our short lives, truly is.

This article outlines some research into what really caused Christopher McCandless to reach his demise. It wasn't that he was arrogant or unprepared. It was a mistake. A mistake that many people would have made having been in the same situation. His mistake, to me, is a symbol of how out of touch with nature we as a species have become. RIP Christopher 'Super Tramp' McCandless. Your ideals and actions will always continue to remind me to keep trying to find the real, untarnished truth in all of existence.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-chris-mccandless-died

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