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the pilgrimage: Henri Nouwen and my own topsy-turvy little heart

Alexander Supertramp, gypsy.

Inside the bus, on a sheet of weathered plywood spanning a broken window, McCandless scrawled an exultant declaration of independence:

Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ’cause “the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.

Alexander Supertramp
May 1992

Documented by John Krakauer in his book Into the Wild
Expressed profoundly by Sean Penn in his film Into the Wild

If you have ever dreamt of being a wanderer, a vagabond, a nomad, a pilgrim, an ascetic, a monk of the wilderness, a person freed from the trapping of society as we know it, a gypsy…
So have I.

So has Christopher McCandless, claiming his liberated identity as Alexander Supertramp. His story is one of a journey that allowed him to discover the essence of himself, in harmony with the world around and uninhibited by the falsehood of humanity.

His story is one of a beautiful discovery.
But he discovered it alone.

Happiness is only real when shared.
People may be flawed, people may be unreliable, people may be terrible to one another – but we need them. We cannot do this alone.

This film spoke to my core, a conflicted and confused place that seeks both independence and community, liberation and connectedness, the life of a gypsy and of a citizen.

We cannot fully experience life alone.
Gypsies like us should be stamped for solidarity.


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4 thoughts on “Alexander Supertramp, gypsy.

  1. So True…”We cannot fully experience life alone…”A wise woman you are J.Mast.

  2. this is briliant jessica. thanks for sharing. i would love to experience this movie. do you have it in your possession. we need to find someone who has ‘no direction home’ and i have in my hands a 4 hr documentary of tom pettys life. unbelieveable….

  3. i was thinking about being homeless for a couple of months. its so intriguing. i believe that i should read a good bit of thoreau if i do.

  4. Something inside of me changed when I first watched the movie. I weeped in secret for days. What a beautiful soul. I can’t wait to get the book.

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