Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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If someone’s advice could affect your future in a positive way, would you take it? Self-determination and morals push people to believe that others opinions are not needed to influence their own actions. That’s why in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild, and Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man the main characters all rebel against society and the people who tried to help them and result in a situation that could have been prevented. As human beings we are constantly making decisions that affect and shape our lives without acknowledging the value of others’ opinions that could potentially be beneficial to our decisions. Someone once said “If you're the smartest one in the room, you're in the wrong room.” This quote refers to someone always knowing more or being better at something. Learning from their experiences can help expand your knowledge. The message portrayed is to always pursue to be better. Just like the message in Walden, Henry David Thoreau listens to others opinions except in this case the people are nature. He shows the importance of learning to appreciate the simple things in life and taking what you have learned and expanding on it. When Thoreau decides to leave the forest it is because he had learned all that there was to learn from living his lifestyle of simplicity in nature. In Walden, Henry David Thoreau shows the benefits of living in nature when he states that he feels closer to God, to nature, and learns just how much of the stuff of life is frittered away by detail and unnecessary busyness. He learns the best thing in life is to "Simplify, simplify" (Thoreau 73). Being alone with nature would allow one to become truly in check with them-self and to ponder what is truly important ... ... middle of paper ... ... he is brutally attacked and killed by an unfamiliar bear in the territory that Treadwell had set up camp. Treadwell’s lack of understanding the threats of the bears jeopardized his life and eventually ends it. All of this could have been prevented if he had listened to the others who had more knowledge and comprehension in the department of nature and grizzly bears. Countless amounts of people found no compassion and understanding for the bears. To many these bears were not out for companionship but rather for interest in potential food. Despite others opinions on the dangerous bears, to Treadwell these bears were friends and “brothers” whom he had formed an everlasting friendship. In conclusion it is important to value others opinions because it is what shapes our lives for the better. Without input from others we would only concentrate for the good of one self.

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