Monday, 16 March 2009

Chris McCandless

His life was documented first in Jon Krakaurer's book, and then in Sean Penn's film both titled 'Into the Wild'. I haven't seen the film, but found the book fascinating, the life of this nomad so enticing that I just wanted to lock up the shop I was working in and go get a bus to wherever.
This quote from a letter he wrote to Ron, an old churchgoing man whose life he seriously impacted is something that has stuck with me

"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 greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

- Chris McCandless

2 comments:

Peter said...

dude he died in his early 20's

Tobias said...

I saw this film recently. It was fanstic, would be intrested to see how the movie changed from the book and so see how much of the movie was based on his actual actions.
But I think its somthing we all should think about, Life and how to live