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Chris McCandless & Transcendentalism

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Caitlin Shannahan

on 8 October 2013

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Chris McCandless & Transcendentalism
An American wanderer, disillusioned with society, who trekked from West Virginia to the Alaskan Wilderness to live a more intentional and meaningful life.
Donates all his money
Burns Soc. Security card
Gives up Harvard Law
Unfortunate, yet beautiful death.
"Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions."
Society and its institutions- particularly organized religion and political parties- ultimately corrupted the purity of the individual.
Holds faith that people are at their best when truly self-reliant and independent.
Developed as a reaction against 18th century rationalism.
"If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed." -Tolstoy
A life governed by reason alone would (and does) reduce mankind to mere robots without emotions or free will.
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