Chris Mccandless: A Meaningful Life

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No one person can decide what a meaningful life consists of and have it be the standard. No one person can set the bar and write down the expectations and rules that a meaningful life must follow, because no two people have the exact same thoughts on the subject. Some may say a meaningful life is a life where one reaches the highest potential in business, another may say that a meaningful life is a life where one reaches the farthest distance away from business; another may say that a meaningful life is a life where everything goes right. All these theories are made by and only apply to the singular person who thought them, therefore a truly meaningful life is a life where one does what one loves, and lives their life according to their beliefs…show more content…
He has received a considerate amount of criticism for his actions, for being unprepared, for ruining the hope of ever reconciling with his family, the list goes on and on. His critics are correct; after all he did not have the experience nor the equipment for such an exploit, nor will his family ever be able to with bury the hatchet now that he is dead, but do all of these criticisms mean that Chris did not live a meaningful life? How could he have? His family is grieving because of his actions, and not only that but so are the people he met along the way, he could not have lived a meaningful life while hurting so many people. Or could he? After all how can one judge him on a standard he may not have shared. In order to determine the meaningful quality his life had on himself we have to determine his philosophy on the subject. “It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. Go it’s great to be alive!” (Krakauer 37) Here he can see that McCandless’s philosophy that a meaningful life is living life to the fullest extent, in McCandless’s case running off to become a vagabond and eat plants. He was happy with his life right until the end of it. “On the other side of [the final page from Louis L’Amour’s memoir which McCandless ripped out], which was blank, McCandless penned a brief adios: “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” (Krauker 199) His last words tell that he was completely happy with his choices, and that in his mind he lived a happy life. He succeeded in a life that met his expectations on what a meaningful life was. But his goal isn’t for

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