Saturday, October 18, 2008

Travelling Hopefully Is Better Than Starving To Death

"You gotta get out there in the world, man."

--Christopher McCandless, American "wanderer" who died alone of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness at age 24.

"The journey is the destination."

-- Dan Eldon, British "traveler" and photojournalist who was beaten to death at the hands of an angry mob in Africa at age 22.

Amazing to me that many are inspired to be "travelers" by these two guys. They're both real monuments to staying home and playing computer games and reading comic books until you die at a ripe old age, in my opinion.

I suppose there's still Jack Kerouac as an example, who died a miserable drunk living with his mother and third wife at age 47, and Jack London, who died at 40 of kidney problems he'd picked up traveling around the tropics.

2 comments:

Special Brew Man said...

Jack K wouldn´t have made it as an English teacher in Russia, too sensitive and given over to the drink, he wouldn´t have got anywhere near 47. By today´s standards I guess he couldn´t be considered much of a traveller, but in this day and age you are probably less of a boring berk if you don´t travel.

Mind you he left behind some entertaining books, same for London.

Never heard of the other two...and so it follows that I don´t know anyone who idolises them, your point is well taken, why the hell would you?

stevie austin said...

same with people who quote Nietzche "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger". The dude ended up going mad and killing himself.

And then you get idiots quoting it with incredible self assurance.