Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past
ALEX – CRIS
The summary of the book
i have read somewhere… that if you don’t make your own life,,, you have to accept the life that is given to you. this story illustrate this saying more in the reality.
the story of this odd guy named Cristopher is that he didn’t like at all the world that is created to him so he decided to run away,,, far away from his family,, his friend ,,, from the civilization as the whole to created his own world..
he chose the wild as the best place to live in.. the simplicity,,, the beauty and harmony of the wild motivate him to leave all what he has.
when he decided to go to the wild, he changed his name to Alex. he also burned all his identification papers and papers. he didn’t tell anybody (include his closest sister ) about his unique journey.
Two years he walks the Earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate
freedom. the road was his home and the wild was his passionate.
he end up in Alaska where the harsh weather and simplicity exist in harmony
he found that magic bus where he spent most of his time in it
he scratched on every side of the bus to leave great memories and significant messages to every generation.
many people think what Alex has done is completely insane
but me ,, i think what he has done is uniquely significant and he died for a purposed
that however, doesn’t mean that i agree with most of his ideologies about the solitariness and autonomy.
Alex died inside that bus in Alaska and three weeks later,, people found his body inside that magic bus
Some parts of the book with my reflection
1) running away from TIME and PLACE
i don’t want to know what time it is. i don’t want to know what day it is or where i am. none of these matter. Alex, page7
we normally try to pretend that this fact isn’t true but at some point of our life we get to believe what we were trying to avoid so long
we are also limited by a place. i can’t be in two place in the same moment. i can’t have my feet in USA and my eyes in Saudi Arabia and still can walk.. i don’t wanna get physics involved here 🙂
because of the complexity of the time and the place,, the religion becomes the most important factor in our life.
anyway, i don’t want to talk about religions and their core understanding of time and place.
anyway,, I think Alex was trying to go to the place where allow him to ignore the the limitation of place and time. the place where he can live in his own imagination and in his perception
i don’t think he really found that place in the reality level because you can’t live in nowhere or anywhere without the existence of TIME
i think Alex was trying to run from him self to him self and that the most difficult thing we may ever face in our life.. running from our selves to our selves is like running from none point to another none point
2) Making a radical change in our life
i think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never thought of doing, or been to hesitant to attempt. so many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditional to a life of security, conformity and conservatism. all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. page57
i totally agree with Alex in this point,,, we don’t really live our life,, we live the life that is constructed to us.
so all of us have no choice other than to accept that choices that are given to us.
i think this is the baggiest mistake that we make in our life..
i think we should make our own choices .. our life.. our world..our own society.
i know sometimes that ,,, we have to risk something ,,, to gain something else..
i think sometimes,, we need to lose the security,,, conformity in order to free ourselves…
Alex in his journey made an enormous sacrifice… he risked his security.. his money..
but he gain something baggier than all that… he gained him self and i consider this as a big achievement.
if i know my self at any point,, i would be the happiest one in the world…
but the journey of knowing my self is so long and complicated.. and it is full with obstacles and confusion
the most difficult question that i have ever heard is WHO ARE YOU?
and what make me crazy that people answer it innocently simple.. the answer doesn’t start with I AM blah
it is who i am !!
3) our life within human relationship:
you are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationship. god has placed it all around us. it is in everything and anything we might experience. we just have to have a courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. page57
i don’t want comment so much in this point because i don’t want you to think that i am psychologically ill
but i wanna say one thing.. i believe that people who have a good communication with society while they are having troubles in communicating with themselves are loosing both of society and themselves.
study all the psychological background of criminal people… they are all misunderstand them selves so they looked for revenge.. they think the society stole it from them
4) the existence of loneness in our life:
i have been thinking more and more that i should always be alone wanderer of the wilderness. god, how the trail lures me. you cannot comprehend its resistless fascination for me. after all the lone trail is the best… i will never stop wandering and when the time comes to dies, i will find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.page 91
i don’t understand people when they talk about loneness..
they think that the lonely person is the one who isn’t social or always being away of human relationship
but in fact that isn’t true… i can sit in my room for a whole month without communicating with any ourside human being and still become very social.. because i can make my own society…
the walls that around me… the air… the sky … the trees …all these things are part of our society
4) The significance of adventure in our life:
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 experience. page57
i think our life as a whole is an adventure… and only trough obstacles and difficulties, we can know who we are and where we are going…
4) The importance of Truth:
rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth
from the book that Alex was reading … page 117
this is my best quotation i read so far…
there is no meaning for our love,, our money,, our fame,,, if we are living in fake ….
i think if you lose the truth,, you lose everything,,, your happiness,, your future,,, your dream and even your love…
so i don’t need your love,, your money,, your help if you aren’t giving me the truth
4) some of sentences that i highlight from the book:
everything had changed suddenly– the tone, the moral climate; you didn’t know what to think, whom to listen to. as if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself. there was no one around, neither family nor people whose judgment you respected. at such a time you felt the need of committing your self to something absolute-life or truth of beauty of being ruled by it in place of the man-made rules such ultimate purpose more fully, more unreservedly than you had ever done in the old familiar, peaceful days, in the old life that was now abolished and gone for good
for the book that Alex was reading … the need for purpose page 103
the season of snows was preferred, that i might experience the pleasure of suffering and the novelty of danger page 157
from the book that Alex was reading
it is nearly impossible for modern man to imagine what it is like to live by hunting. the life of a hunter is one of hard,seemingly continuous overland travel… a life of frequent concerns that the next interception may not work, that tramp or drive will fail, or that the herds will not appear this season, above all, the life of a hunter carries with it the threat of deprivation and death by starvation. page 187
Now what is history? it is the centuries of systematic explorations of the riddle of death, the view to overcoming death. that ‘s why people discover mathematical infinity and electromagnetic waves, that’s why they write symphonies. Now, you can’t advance in this direction without a certain faith. you can’t make the discoveries of this equipment are in the Gospels. what are they? to begin with, love of one’s neigbor, which is supreme form of vital energy. once it fills the heart of man it has to overflow and spend itself. and then the two basic ideals of modern man– without them he is unthinkable — th idea of free personality and the idea of life as sacrifice page 187
Boris Pasternak the passage that Alex remark
the beauty of this country is becoming part of me. i feel more detached from life and somehow gentler.. i have some good friends here, but no one who really understands why i am here or what i do. i don’t know of anyone, though, who would have more than a partial understanding; i have gone too far alone.page 91
in may after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who can’t translate psychic wounds into significant art or thought
from in search of miraculous the book that Alex was reading during his journey. page70