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Is it possible to be happy with this life?

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The question: “Is it possible to be happy with this life?” is a line from a video produced by Gnarly Bay productions. I don’t know much about Gnarly Bay, except that they produce excellent narrative and visual material. The answer to the question seems to be: yes, it is possible, in NATURE  fundamentally, through adventure and with others. Fundamentally I think this video is an interesting counter point for comparison with another approach which asks a similar question and has a slightly different answer: Into the Wild and the life of Chris McCandless.

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While both express adventure and nature as possible answers to the question of happiness, Gnarly Bay has an additional aspect that is the key distinction between the two: community. (And a lot less drama too.)  I just wonder if the communitarian aspect reflects somewhat of a cultural change since the 90’s which McCandless to some degree represents.  Is the current college generation searching for happiness in nature, but in community now? Or maybe I should say it this way: Is the current college generation searching? for happiness? in nature?, but in community now? A lot of assumptions and questions, I welcome your input.

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