A Spiritual Moment from Into the Wild

Alex has embarked upon a quest which he hopes will end in a great Alaskan adventure in the wilderness. On his way, he meets Ron, a retired army man and widower. The two become friends and share the stories of their lives. Ron's wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver years ago. Alex is estranged from his parents. He thinks he would like nothing more than to live in solitude. One day, after climbing to take in a beautiful view, the two men discuss their different outlooks on life:

Alex: You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God's placed it all around us, it's in everything. It's in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things.

Ron: Yeah, I'm going to take stock of that. I am. But I want to tell you something. From the bits and pieces I've put together, from what you've told me about your family, your mother and your dad, and I know that you have your problems with the church, too.

But there is some kind of bigger thing we can all, appreciate, and it sounds like you don't mind calling it God. But when you forgive, you love, and when you love, God's light shines on you.

Just then the sun seems to shine more brightly, and they both laugh. "I told you so," says Ron.


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