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Thursday
Apr222010

I dislike people that say NO!

“I’d like to repeat the advice I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. 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 damaging 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. If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road.

I guarantee you will be very glad you did.

But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.”

— Part of a letter from Chris McCandless to ‘Ronald Franz’, as documented in Into The Wild

Reader Comments (2)

haven't read the book, haven't seen the movie, so correct me if i'm wrong, but i wanna say things didn't work out so well for the protagonist in Into the Wild. perhaps you intended that, just to add a delightfully macabre tone to this otherwise hopeful passage?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrasid

I don't dislike people who say, 'no'—I dislike people who don't say anything at all.

Speaking of which, you owe me an e-mail. ::grin::

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael E. Gruen

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