Chris McCandless and Ted Kaczynski

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Throughout time, many people have given up their normal lives in order to live simply. Whether it’s going out and living in the wild alone or giving up electricity and running water. “Sometimes the weight of civilization can be overwhelming. The fast pace ... the burdens of relationships ... the political strife ... the technological complexity — it's enough to make you dream of escaping to a simpler life more in touch with nature.” (Nelson) Some just can’t handle it, but some have too. Whether it’s criminal, religious, research reasons, or the world is just too much to handle living out in the wild happens for a reason and there are certain things that influence it. Christopher McCandless was a well educated high class adult who always…show more content…
He was committing crimes because he could not handle society. Kaczynski grew up an extremely smart man. He attended University of California, Berkeley. After that he had become a professor there. He quit and started to live out in the wild. Like McCandless, Kaczynski got plenty of publicity. "As the Unabomber, Mr. Kaczynski — a reclusive mathematician — was convicted of sending bombs through the mail for nearly 20 years, killing 3 people and wounding 23. In September 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post published excerpts of a manifesto he had written opposing modern technology and industrial society."(Savage) Kaczynski and McCandless did have a big difference though. Kaczynski was an outsider others pushed him to do things not just himself As a child, he was mistrustful of the other kids. In high school, he was an outsider — " By the time I left High School I was definitely regarded as a freak by a large segment of the student body" he told Dr. Sally Johnson. Even in college he was antisocial. He recalled his inability to "fit in" in a student boarding house. There, he was agitated when he heard noises from other rooms — especially when the sounds resulted from sexual activity of other students." (Ottley).
Society can be stressful and cause people to want to escape, but that is not the only reason. People who love to research and really discover the world can go out to live in the wild. An

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