Chris Mccandless Philosophy

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Everyone is influenced by something, even if we don’t consciously recognize it. It might be other people, history, or literature. You could pick any person on this planet and trace their choices back to some sort of influence. For example, Chris McCandless, the main character of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, left home in order to hitchhike around the country and survive in the wilderness. Despite what many would say based upon his decisions, Chris was an intelligent and well-read man. He incorporated the ideas and philosophies of his favorite authors and their literary works, of which included both Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Walden and Leo Tolstoy’s The Three Questions, into his life. In Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau…show more content…
Tolstoy writes near the end of the short story, “‘So [the wounded man] was the most important man, and what you did for him was your most important business. Remember then; there is only one time that is important -- and that is now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power’” (Tolstoy). The hermit answers the King’s three questions, saying that the most important person is the one you’re with, your priority is to do good for the person you’re with, and the most important time is now. Live in the moment, because now is the only time you can control. Chris tells Jim Gallien in his truck just before he goes into the Alaskan wilderness saying, “‘I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters’” (Krakauer 7). Chris didn’t care about the date or time, because when you’re trying to survive in the wild, you are your only priority. You are the most important person. Now is the most important time because focusing on any other time means distraction, and distraction could mean death. It makes no difference when now is specifically. The Three Questions explains how you should live your life, and Chris took Tolstoy’s advice to heart by only focusing on

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