Writing a Letter to Daniel Suelo (The Man Who Quit Money).

Dear Daniel,

     I am starting to feel inspired to join you and the tribe.  I am currently living with my mother in Atlanta, Georgia and am finished up the process of repaying my debts so that I can quit money for good and join in the fun.  I would like to tell you a little about myself to give you an idea of how I could help contribute to the well being of the group.  I am a thirty two years old who has worked for the past ten years a chemist.  I studied chemistry in college at Emory University in Atlanta and went to graduate school at UC Berkeley to get a Ph.D. in chemistry.  I worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher in several jobs before deciding to go to a Christian seminary for a year as part of a spiritual quest.  I have read “The Man Who Quit Money” and many of your blog parts and find that I can relate to part of your story.  I have suffered from manic depression like you did with depression and found that this struggle led me to a more spiritual direction with my life.  I decided to leave chemistry because I wanted to study some religion formally.  That is why I went to seminary.  However, after being in Princeton Seminary for a year I have found organized religion to not be a very spiritually fulfilling endeavor.  I find this to be a similarity between you and I in your writings.  I too have a blog, in case you are interested this blog was started last year to document my spiritual journey in seminary and beyond.  The web address if you would like to take a look at it is:
     I just did a reading from your biography yesterday on the part that talks about weeding the mind of negative thoughts.  As you can see from the blog, I like to write.  For me writing is a way to reach out and express my heart and mind.  I would like to write a book one day about my experience with manic depression or what is more commonly called “bipolar disorder.”  Many important artists and leaders have been in a similar having psychological traits that match this condition.  I feel, however, that the modern world stigmatizes dramatically people that suffer from bipolar disorder.  Since being diagnosed four years ago, I have found nothing but discrimination in the work place regarding this condition.  Presently, I am going to have my health insurance terminated due to my decision to leave Princeton Seminary.  I have been on medications like lithium and Zyprexa to “manage” but I find that these medications have serious side effects and are toxic to my body.  I look to this next chapter of my life without health insurance as an opportunity to get off medicine that is toxic to my body.  I seek to live medicine free.  I know this is a taboo thing to do, but I think with what is called “mindfulness” by the Western medical establishment I think I can make the transition to a medicine free life.  I feel that we are kindred spirits reading the part of your biography that talks about your deep depression, receipt of Western medicine, and subsequent leaving of the care by it.  I admire the way you took yourself off medicine by careful tapering and gradual transition to a medicine free existence.
     Enough about difficulties.  I feel that living without money offers freedom from the yolk of credit and debt.  I seek to follow in your foot steps and live money free by first learning some of the skills that are needed to survive.  I am going to start experimenting with freeganism in Atlanta.  I hope to find a way to live on the streets of Atlanta in peace and tranquility from the safety of my mothers home for now.  However, I would like to find you and the tribe soon.  I will not be able to make it to Missoula, Montana this month due to the fact that I would like to spend some quality time with my mother who has graciously supported me spiritually all these years, but particularly in the past four years that have been very challenging.  In time, I seek to meet up with you during your walk across space and time in the vast expanses of America.  Just out of curiosity, how do you find my blog?
 
     I hope that you and the tribe have a good time during your journey from Darby to Missoula, Montana.  I hope that the tribe grows together as a unified body and that the members find each other good company.  I will keep you up to date on my evolution towards living without money by writing email updates.  If I have any questions, could I ask you along the way?  I have one question in starting out, how do you know what garbage bins are a good source of food?  Do you go behind grocery stores to find food, or are restaurants better sources?  How much skill do you feel is necessary to survive without purchased food?  What was the hardest part of learning how to search for you.  
 
     I wish you all the best and hope we can meet in person in the future, inshallah.  
Peace, 
Kaya 

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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