Wasn’t death the predictable outcome of such naivet?
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Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild
February 19, 1996
How is his family doing? Where is the scholarship fund?
Wasn’t death the predictable outcome of such naiveté?
A: I’m not entirely sure what it is about McCandless’ life and death that so captivated me. It had a lot to do, no doubt, with the way his life mirrored important events in my own life when I was his age. But it was much more that that, too. I guess I admire his courage, his resolve, his lofty ideals. I’m in awe of the extent to which he acted
And no, I don’t think that Chris’s death was predictable or inevitable. Sure, it wasn’t a complete surprise, given his recklessness and overconfidence, but I was a lot more reckless and foolish than Chris at that age, and I managed to stay alive. Defying the apparent odds, most kids somehow survive their youthful hubris, their heedlessness, their innocent mistakes–the
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