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Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:01:53 AM »
Chris just wanted to hang out in nature, and get away from all the bustle of the city, and he died for it. I think he deserves to be a Dude.

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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 11:49:26 AM »
Just watched Into The Wild, yesterday. Great movie.

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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2022, 03:55:02 PM »
I listened to the audiobook version some time ago, the details of which I am a little hazy on, so I can only speak to the character in the movie.

In the movie Christopher McCandless graduates from college, remarking to his dad that he believes his grades are good enough to get into Harvard Law.  He then donates his savings to charity and sets off on a road trip in his old, beat up car.  Shortly after abandoning his car, he burns what money he has left and begins hitchhiking, where he comes across various interesting characters.  Somewhere along the road he decides to give himself a new name and settles on Alex.  I am not sure whether this name is meant to make it difficult for his family to track him down, whom he seems to have problems with, or whether he was shedding his old identity and adopting a new one.

Whilst I am by no means an expert on Dudeism, Alex seems to be, according to my understanding, very dude-like.  He very much lives in the moment, he is non-violent, doesn't take advantage of people even when the opportunity presents itself, and doesn't consider himself to be above other people despite his obvious intelligence.

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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2022, 12:03:06 PM »
I didn't read the book and only saw the movie.
The only thing I found puzzling was that on his way to be a hermit, he met nothing but wonderful generous and interesting people.
Yet he carried through with his plan any way.
I came to the conclusion that there were some mental issues at work.
Very sad really.
I don't see his actions as Abiding.
I don't mean to be disagreeable but.... just saying.
Seems that he met many Dudes along the way though.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2022, 12:09:15 PM by BikerDude »


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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2022, 05:32:47 PM »
I didn't read the book and only saw the movie.
The only thing I found puzzling was that on his way to be a hermit, he met nothing but wonderful generous and interesting people.
Yet he carried through with his plan any way.
I came to the conclusion that there were some mental issues at work.
Very sad really.
I don't see his actions as Abiding.
I don't mean to be disagreeable but.... just saying.
Seems that he met many Dudes along the way though.

No problem.

Any idea where I can read about what is meant by abiding without buying the book on it?

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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2022, 08:04:10 AM »
There is a section of the forum.
https://dudeism.com/smf/index.php?board=44.0

I don't think there is any real need to go past the accepted definition personally.

abide verb

\ ə-ˈbīd  \
abided also abode\ ə-​ˈbōd  \; abiding
Definition of abide
transitive verb

1a: to bear patiently : TOLERATE
cannot abide such bigots
b: to endure without yielding : WITHSTAND
abide the onrush of the enemy
2: to wait for : AWAIT
I will abide the coming of my lord.
— Alfred Tennyson

I think of it as an elevated form of "Fuck it".
Fuck it without the Fuck.

« Last Edit: June 06, 2022, 08:08:01 AM by BikerDude »


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Re: Chris McCandless, idealistic hiker and quite possibly a dude
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2022, 06:32:37 AM »
Awesome and interesting article. Great things you’ve always shared with us. Thanks. Just continue composing this kind of post.




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