“I prayed. I asked God to keep his finger on the shoulder of that one; I told him that boy was special. But he let Alex die. So on December 26, when I learned what happened, I renounced the Lord. I withdrew my church membership and became an atheist. I decided I couldn’t believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex.”
— An eighty-something year old man referred to as Ron Franz in Into the Wild.
Ideas have consequences. Chris McCandless wanted to live a life inspired by the ideas of London, Tolstoy, and Thoreau. He did so, and along the way the idea formed relationships and made friends. A life long Christian who had suffered through the deaths of his wife and child was finally overcome by an idea that had manifest itself in a man whose real name Mr. Franz didn’t even know and who he only interacted with for a brief time.
The Word became flesh to save the world. Should any of us be surprised when, in like fashion, the great deceiver wraps words in the flesh of those who they resonate with in order to snatch believers from the only truly free life there is?
While Chris (Alex) called on the name of God in his last hours of life (S.O.S quote) Ron abandoned it for another name, the name of an idea… Alexander Supertramp.