Chris Mc Candless And Ted Kaczynski Essay

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Throughout time, many people have given up their normal lives in order to live simply. Whether it’s going out and living in the wild alone or giving up electricity and running water. “Sometimes the weight of civilization can be overwhelming. The fast pace ... the burdens of relationships ... the political strife ... the technological complexity — it's enough to make you dream of escaping to a simpler life more in touch with nature.” (Nelson) Some just can’t handle it, but some have too. Whether it’s criminal, religious, research reasons, or the world is just too much to handle living out in the wild happens for a reason and there are certain things that influence it.
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and now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. the climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white north. no longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild."(Medred). Some may have called it freedom as some may have called it suicide. The world can be a harsh place and everyone has different perceptions. Some like to live differently. A lot of people are not willing to take that risk. “make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. 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 conservation, 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. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” (Krakauer 81) The book into the wild written by John Krakauer explains the whole story behind Christopher McCandless.
More of a well known citizen who lived out in the wild was the Unabomber, also known as Ted Kaczynski. Kaczynski has been known as a terrorist who would send bombs to people through the mail. Once the receiver opened their mailbox a bomb would set off killing them. Kaczynski started to get away with the murders. In order to not get caught Kaczynski went and lived in a remote cabin in the wild in Montana. Nothing influenced him to live there besides his criminal background. He was committing crimes because he could not handle society. Kaczynski grew up an extremely smart man. He attended University of California, Berkeley. After that he had become a professor there. He quit and started to live out in the wild. Like McCandless, Kaczynski got plenty of publicity. "As the Unabomber, Mr. Kaczynski — a reclusive mathematician — was convicted of sending bombs through the mail for nearly 20 years, killing 3 people and wounding 23. In September 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post published excerpts of a manifesto he had written opposing modern technology and industrial society."(Savage) Kaczynski and McCandless did have a big difference though. Kaczynski was an outsider others pushed him to do...

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