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    Hello all,

    I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I've come to the point where I'm completely dissatisfied with my life. I hate my job, although it pays well, but I just don't care anymore. Has anyone taken the initiative to go fully Grok and just live in nature? I'm so inspired by Thoreau's Walden and the story of Chris McCandless involving just ditching modern civilization. Is there anywhere in the world to accomplish this?

    Am I crazy, or should I just up and quit my job and head out into the great outdoors?

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    I have a cousin that has just disappeared into the woods of Colorado. Once ever few years, he shows up to see how his 80-something year old mom is doing and then he disappears again. Seems lonely to me...like he's trying to run from himself, but I'm not sure. If I were to head into the woods, I'd want to do it as part of a community that came together every week or so to have some fellowship time. I'm introverted, but not THAT introverted.
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    • #3
      I don't have any kids or commitments. The only thing I have holding me back is student loans. I want nothing more than to be a writer, but I have zero inspiration or experiences to write about just sitting here in a cubicle for 10 hours a day. Once upon a time I was thinking about joining the Navy just for the experience and the world travel, but I figured the military would be too rigid.

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      • #4
        Do it damnit, do it!
        I was completely enthralled by the film and its concept. Me and some friends have been wanting to do this for a long time.
        Given none of us have tried it we're naturally talking hypotheticals but i can think of no reason you shouldn't! Society is a construct designed to lure you in with false rewards and abstractions like 'accomplishment', 'social prestige' etc. Its a coverup for making you an ant in their ant farm.

        You should check out locations in Lappland (where Sweden, Norway and Finland meets) and Canada. There is something especially grok-ish about the boreal forests, rivers and plains. Also i can dearly reccommend reading Jean-Jacques Rosseau. If you liked Walden (which i think was good, if a bit slowpaced for a young guy like me) and the general philosophy of Chris Mccandless (blessed be his name) then Rosseau will surely be something for you. Hes very radical in his .. dissaproval of society.
        Also: If you enjoy poetry read some Percy bysshe shelley, John Keats and John Clare. Its mostly centered on lavish descriptions of nature. Reading them is sort of like playing Skyrim in case you're a gamer.
        Anyway i hope you do it and sorry for the rant.

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        • #5
          Just don't eat any wild berries....
          "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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          • #6
            Nature is the true and perfect muse. 99% of literature today is egocentric and focused on vain and petty stuff. It'd be refreshing with something that put man in his right place - amongst nature.
            What i mean is: You could perfectly do it alone.

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            • #7
              On a more civilized note . . . should I maybe try something different than the work I'm doing now, such as joining the Peace Corps? I just want to get "out there" and see the world.

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              • #8
                You did watch that movie all the way to the end, right?

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                • #9
                  McCandless was a suicidal idiot. Thoreau at Walden was a short walk from the center of Concord where he often went. This guy really did it for over 30 years: Alone in the Wilderness, DVD and VHS available, the story of Dick Proenneke and while it's a compelling fantasy it also seems quite lonely.

                  As for the soul-sucking job, yes, quit now and don't look back, there'll come a point where it's too late.
                  Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                  • #10
                    What about taking a good vacation? I mean a good couple weeks off work. Try it out for a few weeks. If you can't hack it for a few weeks, then maybe just look for a different job. I'm not sure where you live exactly, but there are some really pretty remote places in British Columbia. Good luck to you!

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                    • #11
                      But I've been thinking about what to do from there. So let's say I just up and quit right now ... do I go home, go online and start searching for another soul-sucking job or do I go outside, take a deep breath and embrace freedom?

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                      • #12
                        But you're all telling me what I want to hear! LOL

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                        • #13
                          Thats because its what you should do.
                          somewhere during the development of agriculture and specialisation humanity convinced itself that it shouldn't do what felt good. Wanna eat the fat? its dangerous! Wanna quit a job? dont do it!
                          As someone else suggested - Look for work in a less populated area. Do some searches on the net for places with low population densities. British columbia or Yukon like someone suggested. Or go south america if you're more of an exotic Grok. Hell, you could teach english in Venezuela, take wildlife courses and earn money taking tourists around exotic places of natural beauty. The opportunities are quite endless if you dont stop yourself at the self-defeating "but i should ..." and "it'd perhaps be better if .." and all the other nihilistic cr*p we tell ourselves to stop us fom achieving what we genuinly want in life.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                            McCandless was a suicidal idiot. Thoreau at Walden was a short walk from the center of Concord where he often went. This guy really did it for over 30 years: Alone in the Wilderness, DVD and VHS available, the story of Dick Proenneke and while it's a compelling fantasy it also seems quite lonely.

                            As for the soul-sucking job, yes, quit now and don't look back, there'll come a point where it's too late.
                            This x 1,000.
                            Last edited by carlh; 05-09-2012, 12:53 PM.
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                            • #15
                              But how did he become indebted in the first place? by taking the education society said he had to in order to be succesful? by buying the house for which the bank then wanted payment with interest? by buying the car he needed to do his job?
                              Imo - and i know its a controversial subject - it all comes down to the lies we choose to believe. There is no such things as money, ownership and so on. They are false constructs our ancestors developed to create order in the developing society. Should we, by virtue of being born into this, be obliged to play by rules we did not ourselves invent? not in my opinion.
                              I know i'm being idealistic here. But lifes just to short for pragmatism.

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