I watched a brief documentary about Christopher McCandless last night. A movie was made about his plight called 'Into the wild'. If you haven’t yet watched it, I suggest you do.
One of the presenters kept questioning the motive behind Christopher's decisions and actions. He didn't say it outright, but he indicated quite clearly that he wasn't too happy about the decisions that Christopher made. He frequently made comments about how Christopher was different to the norm, and that he suffered because he was trying to break the mould. Moreover, he stated that if he had just stayed within the boundaries of his privileged life, he would have been ok, and he probably would have still been alive today.
This got me thinking about humanity as a whole …
The way I see it, is that in a way we are failing miserably. One of the main reasons that we are failing is because we have turned this world into a massive human sausage Factory. What I mean by that is that there are so many expectations in place that we are expected to follow. We are expected to go to school, get a degree, get a job, get a house with a white picket fence, have a family and do everything exactly the same as what has been done for years and years (by everyone else before us).
We are reproducing the same human-being over and over again, yet we all stand here expecting change in the world.
We want wars to stop, we want famine to stop, we want people to be safe when they walk down the street. We want respect, understanding and tolerance. How can this happen when we are producing the same person over and over again? Something has to change!
I have always put my faith in the freethinkers of the world. The vagabonds, wanderers, musicians, artists, painters, poets, authors, philosopher's, yogis and meditators. The reason for this is that I believe that people have to step away from the 'norm' and do something ‘unusual’ in order for something ‘unusual’ to happen. And by that I mean ‘different’.
If we keep duplicating ourselves and keep doing the same thing over and over again, how can we expect anything different to happen? How can we anticipate change if the patterns remain the same? At best, it's illogical and absurd.
I believe that the mould should have been broken a long time ago (we should have learned this by now). It should be allowed to crumble at our feet, exposing the true essence of the human being that each of us have the potential to be.
Kudos to you Christopher McCandless, for at least trying to break that mould.