Those who knew Chris McCandless personally seemed to dread his passing and question life as well as God.
Into the Wild is an advocate for living life mysteriously and reaching for the places that may scare you. This allows thrilling new experiences in life.
Chris was someone who ran from anything synthetic. Even our basic principals of time and location. This was to further His experience with the real raw world of nature.
"When Alex left to Alaska, "Franz remembers, "I prayed. I asked God to keep his finger on the shoulder of that one; I told him that boy was special. But he let Alex die. So on December 26, when I learned what happened, I renounced the Lord. I withdrew my church membership and became an atheist. I decided I couldn't believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex."
Living a life that is thrilling and pushes your limits is where meaning comes from.
"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."
Everett and McCandless can get the attention and credibility of being heroes for doing whatever it took to put them in the direction of their dreams.
"I don't want to know what time it is. I don't want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters."
Chris wanted to reach levels in the mind that couldn't be accessed in the material world.
"It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found."
"But (Everett)and McCandless, at least they tried to follow their dream. That's what was great about them. They tried. Not many do."
"He had spent the previous four years, as he saw it, preparing to fulfill an absurd and onerous duty: to graduate from college. At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence."