1. Mike says:

    I found your blog really interesting and it’s made me really want to see the film now! I hope it will be a source of inspiration for me, and others!

    • Jeff Milone says:

      Thanks Mike. I have since watched the film a third time, and have gotten even more out of it. Although the journey Chris took in the story was a little more extreme than my own has been so far, the self-realization is so real to me that I don’t even know how to describe it, except to say that it touches something at the core of my being.

      A big part of my own self-realization was understanding that I could not lie to myself about anything – I must see it, experience it, research it, decide for myself, and not accept anything second-hand. I can identify with that part of the “Into The Wild” story, and see it as a requirement for true self-actualization (similar to the theory behind Maslow’s hierarchy of needs).

      I just started reading the book (by Jon Krakauer) to get more full understanding of the story. If the book offers more insights, I may write another article or perhaps an addendum to this one. Thanks again for the kind words.

  2. nathan says:

    You’ve come around to what I might think of as half-understanding in your final paragraphs…I see the yearning to escape society as not a selfish thing at all. Society is selfish. Society builds itself on having more, accomplishing more; when in reality all it does is destroy. Running away from his parents, who have been sucked into society as everyone seems to be, both at fault for their participation in our culture as much as they can’t be blamed, we are all taught to live this way of consumption to the point of desolating our planet and our minds…but it’s a noble and just decision to leave it all behind, and sticking around just because his parents will be sad is no excuse.

    We would all be lucky to come to the same realizations as Chris does. Unfortunately, even for those who do, ignoring these urges in favor of fitting in until we’re old enough to forget what they mean is what all too many of us end up becoming.

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