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14 years of Livejournalling, and hopefully, more to come.

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:: Into The Wild ::

:: Into The Wild ::

(I spent 90 minutes on this entry, only to have it wiped away by my refreshing browser
And now I'm typing this totally new entry, and with a new perspective.)

Ten years ago, I picked up Joe Krakauer's Into The Wild off a local bookstore.
I was so immensely inspired by the book that I made a trip to Alaska
And aptly gave myself this nick, INTO_THE_WILD, on Livejournal.

Ten years later, this evening
I watched Into The Wild on my IMAC.

Sean Penn's film adaptation of Into The Wild brought back something to me.
I am reminded why I was so inspired by Chris. There is indeed something very special
In what Chris did; something very special. And brave.
To be able to tear away the social fabric that molds;
To be able to challenge and confront the norms of everyday living
Is an insight, but
To be able to discard one's material comforts: cash, degree and a bright future
To be able to live free; live off the land, without guarantee of the next meal
Is pure bravery and resoluteness.
And it is what Chris could do, that I could not
Make me respect him, for his spirit, and then, some more.

There were certain quotes from the film that struck a chord in me:

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.

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.

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.

The last quote is particularly memorable, for it reminded me of a certain feeling
That I gleaned from the book, a decade ago. It is a feeling or concept, somewhat heartfelt but yet
Difficult to articulate: it is this process of challenging and confronting the present environment.
To move out of the comfort zone, and to be exposed to the harshness of the surroundings.
And then to be hurt, and descend into hell and madness and pain
So as to rise again, a tougher, stronger, and wiser, person.
It manifests itself in the form of one's current comfortable career,
One's possessions; one's car, one's home. Or even one's relationship.
Like my previous entry on Into The Wild that was deleted by my browser without my consent
It is without doubt a loss, but not necessarily a bad loss, for it led to this entry.
For a large part of my journey of life, I chose to walk away from the beaten tracks.
Into the wilderness of uncertainty. It has been tough, but it has been an exhilarating adventure thus far.

Hence let's marvel at nature's way of bringing adventure into our lives
And be brave enough to take the first step.


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Thanks for sharing with us how your nick came about...

I am similarly inspired by the film (I have yet to pick up the book), and to me, it tells us that all of us can basically overcome anything even if we have to start from scratch...

We just have to learn how to "let go" of our "attachments"...

And the best way to set our insignificant lives in perspective, is to get back to basics, expose ourselves to the wondrous creations of Mother Nature, of God, and we might just discover that perhaps we are all important parts of the bigger picture...

how apt!
and you must read the book! it gives dimensions to the screen tale.

I read the book too; gosh, it has been more than 5 years!

Too some extent, it is true. The modern man has been emasculated. We all need to go back to the wild once in a while. I wish I could go to Alaska!

I think it is similar in some sense when I sought out people to fight with, no holds barred - to measure ourselves. It did bring out what I didn't know exist in me, both good, and bad. But indeed, it was for the better. A lot was learned, and I was humbled by the few knockouts given to me. A few dislocations, twisted back, cuts and bruises.

But it is indeed wonderful, to just not be able to measure oneself, but during the exchange, the other person, and to realize the vast possibilities of the human potential everytime I fight someone worthy, and provided he finds me worthy.

Strange, discoecstasy and I were just talking about the story on Sunday night.: ) We both thought the movie was excellent. Emile Hirsch was quite affecting as Chris. Sad but yet inspiring.

I didnt know he acted opposite Sean Penn in MILK as well.

So are you happier now than before?

with all the experiences accumulated, could we ever be worse off then where we started?

Depends on different kinds of experiences.
What's one to account for if it has all been bad experiences, downhill since the start?

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