The sea’s only gifts are harsh blows, and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind death stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.
Now you could say that Christopher McCandless was screwed up in his head. And I might just agree with you. But what he sure did was give all of us a great story that makes us think about life and trivial pursuits we are constantly after. We only talk about how stupid we are to run after wealth, career, wants and needs and etc. The next instant we find ourselves going back to the routine.
Alexander Supertramp, like he wished to be called, wanted to experience life on the road, in the wild. When he talks about career, dismissing it as a twentieth century creation that he doesn’t want to be part of, you know exactly what he is talking about because you can relate to it and somehow you find the urge to agree. And then you look around yourself and to avoid the embarrassment, banish it as an irresponsible comment by an immature young man.
I had not discovered Kristen Stewart outside of the numerous polls on Sexiest Women Alive and Maxim Top 100s. Though she appears for roughly 15 minutes, it’s not just an appearance. A subtle performance played to perfection, and maybe the only reason is that she probably played herself. Now if only she gets meatier roles outside of crap like Twilight and Edward Cullen chic-vamp-lits. And what more, she gets to sing the best song(below) from a truly awesome soundtrack(Mostly songs written by Eddi Vedder exclusively for the movie – but not this one).
It could be perfectly argued that when Chris did face the blind death stone, his head did not exactly help him. But then these are speculations and the big picture is far from just a story of a screwball graduate. There is some takeaway for anyone that watches this story. You may not witness a paradigm shift in perspective and complete that Rubik’s cube. But you’ll surely be presented with some good moves.
He says this:
I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.
…and goes on to realize the following:
Happiness is only real, when shared.
Now you do the math.