The most inspiring passage i have read in a long time
From the novel "into the wild" This is a direct qoute from a real life letter written by Chris Mcandless aka "Alex Supertramp". The ill-fated idealist who ditched a promising career and rich family to fight society standards of "money=happiness" and the conventional melodrama of suburban sprawl and a growing under appreciation of a beauty within nature.
[I]"So many people live within un-happy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism , all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a person than a secure future. The very basic core of a persons living spirit is their passion for adventure . The joy of life comes from our encounters with the new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty." [/I]