Chris Mccandless : An Eccentric Lifestyle Essay

1169 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Chris McCandless was a young man who had a penchant for adventure and living unconventionally. Unlike most Americans, McCandless did not deem wealth, government, and other worldly concepts as vital components in life. Instead, McCandless lived an eccentric lifestyle; McCandless’ outlook on life relates to the views of modern transcendentalism. Transcendentalists are philosophers who believe in order to live a successful life one must live by challenging experience and not conforming to society. Famous transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, framed the foundation of the belief. Emerson’s and Thoreau’s views on transcendentalism contain similar elements that all transcendentalists share; the reoccurring components of transcendentalism found in Emerson’s and Thoreau’s writings state that transcendentalists live with self-reliance, deliberateness, and unity with nature. Transcendentalists believe that the proper way to live is not to rely on others but, instead, to rely on one’s own self. Being self- reliant can be a difficult task; however, what one gains from self- reliance is worth the obstacles one endures. Thoreau wrote, “It is difficult to begin without borrowing, but perhaps it is the most generous course…” (Thoreau 769). Thoreau states that the most rewarding “course” is to work on one’s own without any help. Once one has created and achieved all by himself, he will feel much more content and satisfied with his work compared with a…

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