In Chapter 6, McCandless writes to Ron Franz, telling him,
“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” (57-58)
Does McCandless offer any evidence for these assertions about life? Are his life and his journey an argument for or against this position? Is Ron Franz convinced? Are you?