While I understand various criticisms that McCandless was ill-prepared and somewhat naive about what he might face in the Alaskan wilderness, a part of me cheers the "living" he did leading up to, and even including, his time in Alaska. Now, obviously, his death--and I suspect there had to have been a major injury that made it nearly impossible for him to trek to safety--suggests that he was foolish and, ultimately, misguided to go on his quest. But that's what human beings do (hopefully). They push the--or their own--envelope. Sometimes they fail. But often they succeed. That's what living is about.
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