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What does Krakauer mean when he says "I was raw youth who was mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic"?

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“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams. And I lived to tell my tale.” (Page 155)


This passage is illustrative of Krakauer’s feelings about McCandless. He does not think McCandless is so naïve or arrogant as many, especially in Alaska, do, but he does see that he was young, and had many of the common misperceptions of the young, and claims that that was really his main flaw. The implication of this passage is that, had McCandless survived, he likely would have ended up maturing—learning to be close to people, to forgive flaws in those he loved, to interact with society and the world in less extreme ways. Because he dies, however—which is certainly not any more deserved than if Krakauer had on Devils Thumb—he will never have that opportunity, and instead is blamed for his ignorance and hubris.