Monday, July 13, 2015
Destination or Journey?
As I began to read the book, I wondered how a person has the inner strength to go on a journey that the outcome is uncertain. Shackleton's journey puts him and his crew in a situation where they might not make it out. Not only not make it out, but they are stuck living on ice, carrying only what is needed, and killing animals for food. They are stuck in remote areas, having to find entertainment, and not be annoyed with the same people all day every day while still worrying that at any moment they might have a to make a drastic move that could kill them. They are continuously stopped with climate changes and uncertain wind directions. The question that arises most in my head is: What is more important the destination or the journey? I ponder this, because if given the opportunity to ask Shackleton an his crew, I wonder how many would say the making it to the destination or the journey. For example, would Macklin be able to say that the journey was more important, while he had to kill his crew of dogs or make numerous trips back to camp, or ration his food so the crew could survive. Or would, Ordes-Lees say the destination was more important because he made it and was alive, and could put the fear of starvation behind him. Or would Blackboro, regret his decision and say neither, because he snuck on the boat and shouldn't even be there to begin with. Every person is different with their outlook on life, different circumstances, different decisions, and different morals. However, what is more important to you, the destination or the journey?