In a diary entry, Chris McCandless gives some insight into his thinking as he embarks on his greatest adventure: the trip to Alaska that leads to his death. He writes,
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. ALEXANDER SUPERTRAMP MAY1992
What does McCandless mean by this? He emphasizes the spiritual nature of his quest. He notes he wants to get away from civilization so that it will no longer pollute or poison his soul. He seeks to defeat what he calls the "false being" inside of him in order...
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