At the Limit

At some point in our lives we all rebel against the system. We find issues with the way that we are governed, the way our society judges people, or the way people live out their lives. How we respond to these situations can shape who we are.  Some of us inwardly rage at these things, others of us vent to a friend, others write. Some simply break the rules that they find wrong and go on living their lives; others will go on a journey to find their answers.

Here seems to be a natural place to Segway to the journey of Chris McCandless depicted for us in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, but from my understanding of Chris McCandless, following the rules isn’t something he would encourage. On the other hand, McCandless wasn’t the kind of person who broke the rules just for the sake of breaking the rules, but rather because he had some sort of objection towards them. Since I can think of no moral reason to not to use this natural transition, I will go ahead as planned. If you are confused after this paragraph, I will give you the shortened version: after a brief internal debate, I decided to talk about Chris McCandless.

Rather than giving a brief synopsis of the book, which I have faith that you can read all by yourself, I would like to offer you with the a small tid-bit of wisdom, which I gleaned from it. In life, we all demand things of ourselves, it is different for every person what we demand, but we all demand something. Chris McCandless was no different. It is good for us to demand things of ourselves, to set goals and to try and reach them. The problem with McCandless was that “he demanded much of himself-more, in the end, than he could deliver (Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer).” Spoiler Alert, he dies. This isn’t fiction. This is real life. He died, because he demanded too much. He went past his limit. Where’s yours?


2 thoughts on “At the Limit

  1. Michael, your post was definitely thought provoking. Your intro pulls the reader in very effectively and keeps them reading. Your thoughts are very deep and interesting. I can see what you did with the 2nd paragraph but it can be a little confusing which can stop the flow of the post. While you did a great job of reviewing McCandless and his journey, I would have liked to hear more about the author Jon Krakauer himself and how he communicated McCandless’ story. Otherwise great job 🙂


  2. Great post Michael. I really like how you started the post. That first paragraph was quite enthralling, and it perfectly introduced your your argument. I also like how you ended this post with a question. It was quite provocative and it left the reader with something to think about. Although you alluded to what Krakauer’s purpose was, it would’ve been more effective if you explicitly stated it. Also, I think you would’ve benefited from going deeper into how Krakauer communicated his purpose and whether or not he was successful.


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