Sometimes life in civilized areas can be constricting and unbearable. Stressful lifestyle, relationships, political rubbish and technological booms can cause a person to look for a simpler life closer to nature and away from the busy streets and choking atmosphere of towns. There are some people who have completely refused all benefits provided by civilized life.
National Geographic presents some of them:
Following his graduation from university, excellent student and athlete Christopher McCandless suddenly changed his mind about life. He gave all of his life savings to charity and departed for Alaska, far away from civilization. Although he had achieved considerable academic accomplishments, it only increased his dislike towards the cult of materialism in society. Unfortunately, after living in Alaska for 113 days, McCandless died of hunger in August 1992. In 1993, writer Jon Krakauer released a book called ‘Into the Wild’, which was largely inspired by McCandeless.
Timothy Treadwell was an American environmentalist and documentary filmmaker. He lived with Grizzly bears the Katmai National Park in Alaska for 13 consecutive months. Treadwell wrote a book ‘Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska’. In it, he detailed his mission to live with wild bears in Alaska and the importance to protect them. Treadwell believed he would be able to live with bears in harmony, as they would respond to his love for them. Unfortunately, his life ended tragically: in 2003 he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a bear. A 2006 documentary Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog was dedicated to Timothy Treadwell.
Paul Gauguin was a famous French post-impressionist artist, who was mostly famous for his primitive style and philosophy. In 1891, after failing to acquire recognition in France, decided to leave the European civilization, where he believed everything was fake and artificial. He spent most of his remaining life in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, where he devoted himself to primitive art, depicting residents of the Polynesian in his exotic paintings.
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was a famous 19th century writer, environmentalist and philosopher. In 1845, he borrowed a hatchet from his neighbour and left for Walden Woods, three kilometres away from Concord, Massachusetts, USA. He lived in the woods for two years, two months and two days in a small hut he built for himself. It is during this time of solitude that he wrote ‘Walden; or, Life in the Woods’. This book is believed to be one of the most original and important works of American literature. To this day, this book motivates, provokes and inspires readers around the world. Although Thoreau later returned to civilization, his original goal was to isolate himself from society in order to get a more objective view on it.
Southeast Alaska community
Approximately 100 people live in a far-away community on the south-east of Alaska. These people live in extreme conditions. In exchange for freedom from bureaucracy and safety from tiring leashes that bind the modern society, these people brave the harshness of the cold, unforgiving wilderness.