May people read my writing on Facebook and my blog and discover the courage to speak on behalf of the little guy who is oppressed. While I was at MIT in 2010, I discovered a book published by MIT Press entitled Ai Weiwei’s Blog. This book inspired me to open up on social media about my own struggles. He inspired me to write clearly and consistently about moment to moment struggles that I faced in my walk by the Spirit through MIT, Emory, Harvard, Princeton, the IRC and AmeriCorps, Georgia State University, and teaching in a Title I public school as I struggled to learn about my own body, mind, and spirit. Discovering my own inner strength slowly in this walk, I gradually grew more and more confident in my ability to root out corruption, stigma, and bigotry against people with mental illness like myself. I have been open on Facebook about all my thoughts since 2009 following my friend’s suicide. I learned about this suicide on Facebook. There was a single post, “R.I.P. Shoshana Rothschild” that sparked the beginning of the Spirit walk to fight for the Freedom of people with mental illness. Here online memorial can be found here. I knew instantly when I saw this post that my friend Shosh had committed suicide. I wrote on Facebook under the post, “Obsidian, it is Sharp.” In that post, remembered our time in high school science class. I used to play with obsidian in school. Obsidian is black and sharp. In school I would play with it and test its sharpness by cutting gently my hand. Shosh would look at my hand with fascination. It was clear that she was interested in obsidian and my hand. The memory of this event is sharply vivid in my Mind and stays with me through out my life. Upon Shoshana’s suicide I asked myself, “What can I do to prevent all suicides?” I decided to explore mental illness so I decided to become a person who suffered from bipolar disorder I openly and talk about it online. I reasoned that if Ai Weiwei can carelessly blog for years and criticized the Chinese Great Firewall without concern for his own safety, then I could carelessly and recklessly criticize my own work place at the Whitehead Institute of MIT in Professor Susan Lindquist’s laboratory to support the Freedom and Liberation of those with severe mental illness. I started a psychotic and crazy project to map my own brain with a smartphone in an online social media art project that I now call the Facebook Art-Brain-Philosophy Project. Inspired by Ai Weiwei, I chose an artist’s lifestyle. Not caring about money, status, my own safety, I cared and still care each day of my Life about one thing. I care about the radical Liberation of people with mental illness from the stigma, shame, criticism, suffering, rejection, and destruction caused by intolerance. The bottom line is that my honest and harshly critical blog and Facebook posts are necessary weapons in the nonviolent psychological war against surveillance of people with mental illness. After starting the Facebook Art-Brain-Philosophy Project in 2009, I realized that I would always be followed by the mental health system. That is good. I need help in support in my fight for Freedom. I now dream of walking medication free. I need the support of people to do this. This is the rationale for using the Walkabout App to embed my Mind into silicon as an example of what is possible when one gives up safety for Freedom. Ai Weiwei speaks about fear, but like a mountaineer he is fearless. There is one goal and that is the Summit of Radical Liberation of all people from stigma due to society’s intolerance and bigotry against people with different brain chemistry. God’s Spirit has been supporting me on my walk, and I pray for strength in this struggle. Technology used effectively will transform the world for peace, freedom, and universal happiness. We have to fight for our rights to protect all Life.
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