The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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The Youth And Their Risks
“If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.” (Richard M. Nixon). In his investigative biography, Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, expresses that even though young people can be ignorant and take treacherous risks, these can be used as knowledge enhancers and can be life changers. Krakauer gives us insight by giving examples of what risk really are, how people take them, and how it actually affects those people. Throughout the whole book, there are instances where Krakauer uses real life examples of things that have happened where people have taken risks and the outcomes of that. In general, one has to take risks in life to truly find oneself and Krakauer says “It can be argued that youthful derring-do is in fact evolutionarily adaptive, a behavior encoded in our genes” (182). Krakauer explains that for teenagers the idea of doing outrageous things comes easily to them because it’s only natural for them. Krakauer explains that for teenagers, doing crazy things is due to the fact that adventure lives in their blood and this has been going on for many centuries. For a teenager death and injury seems like a joke, they don 't even consider these, the absence of fear of death makes them feel invincible and causing them to take so many risks. There are so many examples in history of young people who have left so much behind only to start what they would believe is a new life. Krakauer includes a whole two

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