Truth In Into The Wild By John Krakauer And The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

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They Said It Mattered
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
-Thoreau
To Thoreau, life’s progress has halted. It seems people have confused progression with captivity driven by materialism. To Krakaeur, people are indifferent to pursing the sublime in nature. To Christopher McCandles the world around him is forgetting the purpose of life. People are blind to nature. In the eyes of these men the world is victim to commercial imprisonment. People live to achieve statuses that only exist because man made them. Fame, money, and monotonous relationships do not exist in nature; they are the pursuits of soulless fundamentalism. The truth is that people pursue meaningless ...view middle of the document...

Similarly, and less negatively, Chris wanted to know what Baja, Mexico, was like so instead of googling it, he bought a canoe and floated down the Colorado River. Chris’s journeys were to find truth and give clarity or tangible evidence to his curiosity. As esteemed mountaineer and poet John Menlove Edwards put it, “I grew up exuberant in body but with a nervy craving mind. It was wanting something more, something tangible. It sought for reality intensely, always as if it were not there…But you see at once what I do. I climb.” (133) Edwards is no different than McCandles, Krakauer, or Thoreau in that he wants to live in mother-nature’s original world. Climbing mountains means feeling the weathered granite under the pads of fingers, inundating the blood flow with adrenaline, and looking down to see a very REAL death. Edward’s simple phrasing of what it means to ‘see’ recalls the extraordinarily complex ideas set forth my philosophers like Descartes, Kant, and Plato who all theorized that seeing is believing and more significantly knowing. Truth is beautiful and it purposefully pushes men and women like Edwards and McCandles up mountains, and into the wild, not just to wonder but to find the truth in their realities’.
The truth keeps people from ignoring how harsh reality can be. While money, fame, and love are the apparatuses people use to remain oblivious to reality. Though nature is beautiful, it is equally awful and disgusting. It lacks sympathy or empathy; it produces insects that kill men, and storms that destroy cities. Understandably, its reasonable that people would choose ignorance over truth because in nature ignorance is bliss. Nature writer Annie Dillard conceptualized the importance of knowing the truth in here passage Fecundity. “I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls. I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind, that life itself is so astonishingly cheap, that nature is as careless as it is bountiful, and that with extravagance goes a crushing waste that will one day include our own cheap lives, Henle's loops and all. Every glistening egg is a memento mori.” (Fecundity) Dillard understands that nature is a reminder of how short and insignificant an individual’s...

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