posted on Jun, 24 2013 @ 05:11 PM
A couple of years ago I watched the movie "Into The Wild" about Christopher McCandless and his 2 year journey from college grad to his eventual
demise in the Alaska wilderness. I have just finished reading the books Return to The Wild and Into The Wild and as usual the books are much better
than the movie.
I have read a lot about Alexander Supertramp over the last several months on the internet and I have to say that between what I learned of him from
the books and on the net I am rather impressed with his philosophy on life and society, more so I envy him in many ways. For a young man of his age to
have the spiritual enlightenment that he possessed is pretty rare in todays world.
I find myself connecting to his ideology in many ways, his thoughts on society and just how screwed up our "civilized" world really is. He had a
connection with his spiritual self that few people today can recognize, much less act on and pursue. It is truly sad what his final fate ended up
being and I have seen some pretty nasty comments about him by some on the internet saying he was delusional and mentally unstable. I have to disagree
with those comments, he was in fact very much less delusional than many in our society that think the way we live is the right way.
A quote of his from the book that really stood out and 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.”
There is so much truth in his statement, many of us are unhappy with many of our circumstances yet very few will take action to change what they are
unhappy about. We have in fact been conditioned through the conveniences of modern society to accept a life of security and conformity and those
conveniences do eventually destroy the human spirit. It's very similar to a convict that has spent decades in prison, they become institutionalized
and are dependent on that institution for their existence and many can't handle the outside world.
"You know, about getting out of this sick society...........You know, society! Cause, you know what I don't understand? I don't understand why
people, why every person is so bad to each other so often. It doesn't make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it
He makes a great point here about society, it is truly screwed and is getting worse everyday. We live in a society that is painted to us as "The
American Dream" where if we work hard enough we can have it all, but in reality it is just a dream. It pits people against each other along divisive
lines of religion, race, creed, sexual orientation, political ideologies, and many other factors.
We have become such a dog eat dog society that people will literally walk over a dead or injured person and not even lend assistance or check on them,
yet we call ourselves "civilized". Well if what we are now and the direction we are heading is civilized, then I find myself really questioning if I
want to be a part of this civilization. It has occurred to me through my readings and observations of mankind that the more civilized we become, the
less civility we possess.
My family and I moved to ND a couple of years ago to escape the rat race of central Florida and we have discovered a much slower paced way of life.
However to me it still is not enough, even though we own our land, have off grid electric, and are for all basic terms self sufficient, I still feel
that it's too much most of the times. I often have told my wife that if it wasn't for her and the kids I could pack up my pack and head out with no
destination in mind, nothing but the destination of experiencing the ultimate freedom of leaving society and the constraints of our material world
She usually replies that she's gonna take away my books and the DVD of Into The Wild because it makes me restless. That's when I remind her that
it's not the books about Supertramp, or any other books that make me restless. It's my spirit, it's the feeling I have in the inner most part of my
soul that this life we lead is wrong on so many levels and that everyday it destroys a piece of the spirit of our existence.
If only Supertramp would have been a little more experienced in living off the land and would have been a little more prepared then we would have
known the entire story, from his point of view, of his journeys. I am quite sure that there was more to be told than what was in the movie or the
books, but sadly that part of the story died with him in the Magic Bus on the Stampede Trail that day.
For anyone who hasn't seen the movie or read the books I highly recommend them. It is a great movie and even better books.