Culture. Eat it
18 June 2018
The book on the nightstand: Into the Wild
There are so many unhappy people who however do not take the initiative to change their situation because it is conditioned by security, conformism, traditionalism, all things that seem to ensure peace of mind, but in reality for the adventurous soul of a man there is nothing more devastating than a certain future.
Many dream of a different life, freer, more exciting, far from routine.
Few give up everything to achieve it. Leaving home, family, work and affections is a difficult risk to run, so we aim to slow down, to stop the frenetic pace towhich life has inured us.
There are those who doesn’t let go of their happiness putting everything on the line looking for it. This is the story of Chris McCandless told by Jon Krakauer in the novel Into the Wild. It is 1990 when Chris, a new graduate, sets off on a journey with a new identity, Alexander Supertrump, directed towards a wild nature. His goal? Alaska.
The only person you fight with is yourself and your stubbornness not to launch yourself into new experiences.
He writes about himself in the third person to tell the choice of any man:
For two years he has been walking the world. No phone, no swimming pool, no pets, no cigarettes. The maximum freedom. An extremist. An esthete traveler whose home is the street.
Poorly equipped, not prepared for the adversities that nature had in store for him, Chris will be found dead by a hunter next to his diary, inaugurated upon his arrival in Alaska, in which he transcribed the story that he could never tell in person.
The family entrusted the task of collecting the experience of their son to Kracauer, passionate to his story, and he does so impartially, leaving the reader to draw conclusions … if there are any.
The twenty-year-old who emerges believes in the power of new experiences:
The joy of living derives from the encounter with new experiences, and therefore there is no greater joy than having a constantly changing horizon, of being every day under a new and different sun.
He bewares of that idea of happiness linked exclusively to human relationships and trusts in the uncontaminated nature as a place in which to experience the world without constraints, oppression and weights to carry.
You’re wrong if you believe that joy comes only or mainly from human relationships. The Lord has placed it around us and in all that we can experience.
On the nightstand this week more than a diary or a biography, there is a book – Into the Wild – full of quotes that investigates the need to live an authentic life, through overcoming your limits and driven by an unstoppable thirst for freedom.
a week Into the Wild
Ph. Sara Cartelli
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She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.