Dear Master Coach Dev,
I seem to be at a point in my life where I am searching for the (true) meaning of life, for a higher purpose. I am not into Meditation or heavy reading or stuff like that. Is there an easier route for me to discover myself, minus the grueling 7 hours a day in deep meditation or a tormenting winter trip hiking up to Tibet and such?
I wait confidently upon your wisdom to dwell upon me.
Thank You Master.
Some months back, just like you, I too decided to do some soul searching (since the BRAIN has been ‘missing’ for some time now, so no point doing any searching ‘there’…hence the SOUL searching instead)!!!
Towards this end, I watched 2 movies back-to-back in one sitting (must be some kind of a record in itself).
The first movie I watched is: THE DARJEELING LIMITED...
Its about 3 American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year, who set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves by way of a “spiritual quest”
The search however seems shallow. There are moments of enlightenment, but not radicle or impactful enough to cause any SATORI for me. But it served as a good warm up for the next movie…
It’s based on a true story about Christopher McCandless. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, Chris, a top student and athlete abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
This story had a very poignant ending. Causes one to think what life is REALLY all about. I loved one quote in the movie, which incidentally was not highlighted in the movie as a major learning point. It was not even a major point in the movie, but for me it was such a WOW, even if it does not really serve as the main learning from this movie.
This second movie you got to watch together with your family or team members (if you have any).
I am even considering inviting my close friends and showing this movie as part of a ‘SUCCESS CELEBRATION Nite’, as I tend to consider it as a major story dealing with the issue of LIFE PURPOSE, even if this was NOT the intended point of the movie or the book upon which it was based!
There were many Quotes in the movie as it’s a very intellectual sort of a movie because Chris is quite a Quote guy.
Below are some very key quotes from the movie for your mental stimulation (in your preparation to watch this movie)…
Chris McCandless @ Alexander Supertramp Quotes
The following quotes by Chris McCandless are attributed to him by Jon Krakauer in INTO THE WILD book, through letters and postcards to friends, and excerpted from Chris McCandless’ journal entries.
“I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.”
– Chris McCandless’ journal entry
Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ’cause “the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.
— Alexander Supertramp, May 1992
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
— Chris McCandless
“Surely all Americans have the right to give their money only to those causes which they support. But what kind of society has this created? A society where the ignorant reign. A society where enlightened must hold their tongues. A nation whose politicians must profess half-hearted devotion to an ancient fable or face the disastrous consequences of speaking their true mind.”
– Chris McCandless writing on religious fanaticism in The Emory Wheel student newspaper, October 1987
“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.”
— Chris McCandless
“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”
— Chris McCandless
“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”
— Chris McCandless
“Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.”
— Chris expanded on the original quote by Henry David Thoreau
“Mr. Franz I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one.”
— Chris McCandless in INTO THE WILD MOVIE, speaking to Ronald Franz.
“Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me Wayne. Arrived here 2 days ago. It was very difficult to catch rides in the Yukon Territory. But I finally got here. Please return all mail I receive to the sender.
It might be a very long time before I return South. If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again, I want you to know your a great man. I now walk into the wild. Might be a very long time before I return South…I now walk into the wild.”
— Chris McCandless, in postcard sent to Wayne Westerberg in Carthage, South Dakota, from Alaska
“…henceforth will learn to accept my errors, however great they be…”
— Chris McCandless’ journal from Alaska, written weeks before he died
“I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!”
— Chris McCandless’ journal from Alaska
Quotes associated with INTO THE WILD movie and
/ or read by Christopher McCandless
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
– Lord Byron
“Rather than Love, than Money, than Fame, give me Truth.
— Henry David Thoreau
“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”
– Wallace Stegner
“I want to go up to them and say Stop, don’t do it— she’s the wrong woman, he’s the wrong man, you are going to do things you cannot imagine you would ever do.”
– Sharon Olds, May 1937
(In the movie, Chris reads this to his sister, Carine, outside the restaurant)
“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, the possibility of life is destroyed.”
– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
“I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet, secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people…”
– Leo Tolstoy,
“…the sea’s only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head…”
— Bear Meat by Primo
Death’s a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made
Something more equal to the centuries than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness
— From “Wise Men in Their Bad Hours” by poet Robinson Jeffers (As quoted by Louis L’Amour in his memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, a book Chris had with him in Alaska)
Doc, I wont spoil it for you, watch and we can discuss it over hot tea and steaming curry puffs by the river at Templer…with feet dangling into the cool passing water…as passes the life of man on earth…wondering wither its heading…
If you are STILL wondering…here is the Quote (that caught me from the movie) from Henry David Thoreau:
“Rather than Love, than Money, than Fame, give me Truth.”