Youth and culture

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Youth and Culture G. Banks

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
Lord Byron

There are books that are directly related to childhood or teenage and the way young people have evolved in manners, habits andmentality through years. These books will provide tons of information that can show how the world has changed and what most young look in each period of time. Since 2000 young people live in a world where future is more and more uncertain of crisis and where everything is uncertain. Their consumptions habits have changed as technology was improved, their relationship between each other as well. But Ididn’t choose a book that talks about how young live these darks times. I wanted to find something that was deeper and that can gathered all youngsters’ dreams.
As Lord Byron said there is periods where humans feel closer from Nature and acknowledge the relationships between human has changed during times and is no more sincere. There is time where escapism, freedom become more and more importantand innocence is a gift. That is what a lot of young people are looking after.
Into the wild, book written by Jon Krakauer in 1996, depicts the two-year wilderness trek of Christopher McCandless in Alaska from 1990 to 1992. After graduating with very good grades from Emory University, McCandless ceased communicating with his family, gave his savings of $25,000 to Oxfam and began travelling. Histrip lasted more than 100 days. Through this book and from this quotation of Byron Nelson the essay will try to analyse the problem young faced in the nineties in a contemporary and urbanized world and what could be the real reason for leaving as Christopher did. In the second part of the essay will deal with nature and the link that should exist with human.

Far from classical story this bookrepresents youth uneasiness in front of money and of a system based on reward and profit. This is the perfect example of the pursuit of authenticity, a wish to go back to roots and so, become more human. “No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta” (Christopher McCandless quoted by Krakauer, 1996). Ittells the story that lot of young people dream of: leaving a world that is materialist, selfish where money is the barometer of life and human interactions became superficial. It is also a manner to analyse the decision of Christopher McCandless to understand why did he choose to leave his future career, his parents, and his friends to travel. Like lots of young people of his age Christopher wasstuck in a spiral that nobody can escape from. “His real name turned out to be Christopher J. McCandless. He was the product of a happy family from an affluent suburb of Washington, D.C. And although he wasn't burdened with a surfeit of common sense and possessed a streak of stubborn idealism that did not readily mesh with the realities of modern life” (Christopher McCandless quoted by Krakauer,1996). Good education but punctuated by the divorce of his father with his first wife before he was born. In a way it represents the unhappy classical modern family. After a four years degree, he decided to leave.
“Without notifying any friends or family members, he loaded all his belongings into a decrepit yellow Datsun and headed west without itinerary, relieved to shed a life of abstraction andsecurity, a life he felt was removed from the heat and throb of the real world. Chris McCandless intended to invent a new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience” (Krakauer, Death of an Innocent: How Christopher McCandless Lost His Way in the Wild By Jon Krakauer, 1993)
This can be the expression of the will some people have to be alone or to escape...