‘I now walk into the wild’
There are only a few movies that really won my heart. Into the wild being one of them. I remember seeing the movie for the first time years ago and every since I know about the story it has fascinated me. I recently found the book secondhand in a bookstore and didn’t have to think twice if I should buy it or not. I watched the movie years ago, it was the first time ever I cried during the credits.
“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 damaging 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 greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless
‘Into the wild’ is a reconstruction of the life of young Christopher McCandless, who came to his early death in Alaska in 1992, written by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer published the story for the first time in the 1993 issue of ‘Outside’ titled ‘Death of an Innocent’. Being fascinated by the story Krakauer tried to trace the steps of McCandless and reconstructed the journey of the young man what lead to his early and tragic death. He searched for Chris’s family, friends and people he met during his long journey into the wild. The movie with the same title was released in 2007, with Emile Hirsch playing the young adventurist and Eddie Vedder in charge for the amazing music used in the movie.
McCandless started his journey towards Alaska, after graduating with high grades in May 1990. He broke of all contact with his family, donated all his money to Oxfam, and left. He took the new name ‘Alexander Supertramp’. In April 28, 1992 hitchhiked the stampede trail in Alaska, with only a few items on his back. He refused all extra help for buying him extra gear and stayed in an abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness. He died around the week of August 18, 1992. While the plan of McCandless was to hike back to civilization in June, he found the river to be too wild to cross due to all the melted snow from the winter times. Trying to survive on edible plants and seeds while consulting his guide about the region’s edible plants. Krakauer has speculated about McCandless’s death and maybe he will never know the true cause of death. But in the movie they went with the story of McCandless confusing poisonous plants for edible plants, which leads into his bowels to stop working and thus starvation. McCandless’s body was later found by 2 hitchhikers.
I don’t know why this story is so interesting to me. Maybe it’s because it’s about a young man that rebels against the capitalism and materialism of his surroundings. Or because of his way with words. I do not agree with McCandless’s his stance on some things, but that is how he saw the world. The book is a great read, with letters of McCandless’ friends and loved ones, and entries from his journal, following his journey to the wilderness. I recommend everybody to watch the movie or read the book.
“Happiness only real when shared.”
― Christopher McCandless
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