There are readers that are likely to defend that Chris McCandless's goal was some kind of grand ethereal plan to find the meaning of life; however, I have never been on board with that idea. Chris McCandless is different from a lot of other people, but I don't believe that his core beliefs are different. What is different is his execution of those core beliefs.
McCandless's main goal is hedonistic. He seeks pleasure, and he stops at nothing in his pursuit of it. What is unique about McCandless is that he doesn't pursue hedonism through materialism like many other people have a tendency to do. For McCandless, dying with the most toys isn't winning. He who dies with the most toys still dies.
McCandless doesn't find happiness in owning things. He finds happiness in an ever changing horizon. He finds happiness by pursuing that horizon whenever he wants to. There is a sense of carpe diem about McCandless, but he isn't always capable of seizing the day. His nomadic life forces McCandless to be...
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