Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Personal Mortality

Krakauer mentions in Into the Wild that when he was young, "personal mortality - the idea of own death - was still largely outside of conceptual grasp." This means that when Krakauer was younger, he didn't really think death applied to him. He didn't really think about death since he was so young, it seemed unrealistic to him. However, as he got older and matured, he was able to look back and think of how unsafe he has being when he was going to climb the Devil's Thumb. This problem happens with many young people these days, where they don't think reason applies to them and that they can just go through life without consequence. The younger generation needs to go away from this and understand responsibility, and the fact that the laws of reason don't care how old a person is if it is going to kill them. I think Krakauer went to climb the Devil's Thumb to prove to everyone, including himself, that he was able to do something that no one else had. Having this kind of motive isn't healthy for someone, it makes them constantly feel like they are less than. This kind of attitude of just going and hoping that everything will be okay is what gets a bunch of people killed, Krakauer just got lucky.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Into the Wild Response

While both Jack London and Walt McCandless didn't follow what they said, Chris respected Jack London yet resented his father. I think the reason that Chris has these views is because he knows his father on a more personal level, whereas he has never met Jack London. I think that if Chris actually did meet Jack London, and see him as hypocritical, then he wouldn't revere him as much as he did. However, Chris knows Walt, and he has seen him being vulnerable. Plus, Walt definitely shaped Chris's life, and they constantly fought about everything.
If I was in Chris's shoes, and my dad had been having an affair, I would be very disappointed. I think that I would definitely feel ashamed for him to be my dad. Our parents are supposed to teach us good morals, and that would be really hard to ever take advice from them again after something like that happened.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Cat

Last night, I was home alone watching television. I was about halfway through my episode when I looked over to the sliding-glass door that leads out to our backyard, since I saw a flicker of movement. I saw an orange cat peering at me through the glass, and it looked really sad. So I decided I would help the cat, however my stupid dog decided that she wanted to ruin the moment and barked really loud and she scared the cat away. I quickly ran outside to try and catch the cat, however I couldn't seem to find it. I looked all around my house until I finally saw it in my neighbor's yard. It was taunting me, since it knew I couldn't catch it. I tried following it across the creek at the bottom of the road, however it simply jumped across some rocks and was safely on the other side. At that point, I was like, "No cat is worth me getting my Toms wet." I simply turned around and went home. I did feel bad for the cat, but I knew that it didn't want to be with me anyways. In a way, I realized, it was better that I didn't catch the cat, since my parents would not have been pleased to come home to me holding a new cat in my arms. I would end up having to let it go. So even though I didn't intentionally avoid disaster, I ended up evading a whole problem to begin with.

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Spring Break

My spring break was very interesting this year, which is something that I usually can't say. I recently became a host at the restaurant that I work at. So basically when I was working during spring break, I helped work the cash register as part of my job. This part of the job may seem easy, however it is very difficult since you are dealing with people who are grumpy and just want to eat food. However, since they have already eaten by the time they go to pay, they are just grumpy. One man in particular, a very large man, decided to be in a bad mood. When I asked him how his meal was, he replied with a grunt, "The food was cold." He also told me that he ate it all though, and therefore I couldn't give him a refund since he decided to eat all of his food. When I explained to the man why I couldn't give him a refund, he became very angry and wanted to speak to my manager. My manager told him the same thing, and the man angrily handed over the amount of money that he owed. So basically, it was a very interesting first day on the job, however I was able to learn a lot.