adopt a simple and moneyless life was because of this discovery that altered his view on theworld (Krakauer 1). However, for Daniel Suelo, family remains important and when hisfather was sick, Daniel had to “come back to civilization so as to care for him” (Suelo 1).
Surname 4Therefore, Daniel still sees his family as compared to Christopher who died without theknowledge of his family (Suelo 1). Secondly, Chris McCandless could only live the adopted simple and moneyless lifefor about two years before he died in the Alaskan bush; from 1990 to 1992. On his art, DanielSuelo has lived in the cave for close to seventeen years since 2000 after leaving hispossessions and adopting the wild life (Pullman 1). Thirdly, for Daniel, perhaps hisexperience with the Peace Corps as a volunteer may have motivated him to start themoneyless life as compared to Chris who began his adopted life immediately after college.Chris donated most of his savings to charity before embarking on the hitchhiking mission andthe eventual life in the bus in Alaska (Schonfeld 1). For Daniel Suelo, the moneyless life is apriceless life because “nature gives freely” and therefore, people should also “give theirpossessions freely”. However, Daniel says that “commercial civilization has created animbalance since it is based on money economy that thrives on the knowledge of good andevil but using commercial concepts to create “illusions among people” (Becker 1). In fact,Daniel states that not even a single nation can balance its own budget framework orenvironment. Daniel believes that gift economy runs on faith, love, and grace; forming thecore message of every religious affiliation in the world (Suelo 1). Therefore, he believes thatwild nature is the true human nature but has been crucified by commercial economy (Becker1). It follows that Daniel Suelo’s need to quit money is from a spiritual perspective asopposed to Chris McCandless whom people, including the author of his story, Jon Krakaeur,have been speculating as a result of family frustrations and a personal deficiency because ofhis social inabilities. Further, Chri McCandless began his moneyless and simple hitchhikinglife at a young age, in his mid twenties, as compared to Suelo who began it when he was inhis forties (Krakauer 1). Similarities
Surname 5Despite the differences that the two have, some similarities are profound. Firstly, bothmen have a college education and had good upbringing. For instance, Daniel says that he hadto leave his moneyless life to embrace civilization because of his parents, an indication thathe valued his upbringing. Further, he states that he has strong Christian foundation (Suelo 1).
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