Introduction

Mark Sundeen used his book, the man who quit money to narrate the live and the experiences of the money that went his way and chose a simple life that does not cost him money. The book was written by Mark Sundeen and published in March 2012, by Riverhead Trade. The book is a personal reflection of the author’s life and experiences. The writers used the book to explain how the decision that human beings make impact on their lives. He passionately decided to defy current tradition and cultures and chose to live a basic live, in which he could not earn or spent money (Sundeen 12).

Summary

The man who quit money is the book that was authored by Mark Sundeen. The author builds his theme around a man who radically defied the normal way of life and reinvented himself by living a life that does not involve money. The man literally, quit money as the author puts it. The money who quit money is basically, a story of a man who learned to live normally and happily without earning or spending any money. In his first person narration, Suelo explains that his live does not involve paying taxes, feeding on food rations or benefiting from any social welfare schemes. He uses his innate natural skills to forage for food and keep himself in a warm shelter. The author reiterates that, although, his way of life is unique, he fulfils the universal need for championship, spiritual engagement and purpose, just like any other normal person. Suelo raised numerous provocative issues concerning the decision we make as human beings and how we measure our success.

According to the book, individuals are seriously entangled in their culture and money traditions in such a way that they cannot think independently and free themselves from the daily struggles. Mark Sundeen critically questions the way human beings have decided to live and how human beings have lost many pressures things because of the money-obsessed culture (Sundeen 16).  Furthermore, the book attacks the money culture and blames it for denying human beings the freedoms to think and enjoy life as provided with nature. In the book, the author portrayed himself, not just as a man of ideas, but also as person with courage and power to live his dreams. The book explains how the current culture that gives prominence to money dominates people’s minds and curtails their freedoms to think and live simple lives that are devoid of challenges and struggles. In his conclusion, the author meticulous paints himself as a person of wisdom and dignity. He defends his choice to quit money and wishes that all human beings had to power to decide and live freely.

Analysis

The author use various literary skills to accurately tell the reader the numerous advantages he has gotten from his decision to reject money. There is open bias in the manner, in which the author reasons out and his view towards the current commercial world in general. In my opinion, the author is not sincere in his remarks about the culture of money. What Sundeen must appreciate, is the fact that the current culture came as a result of peoples choices. It is extremely ironical for the author to agitate for freedom of ideas and, at the same time, castigate the products of free ideas. It must be understood from the outset, that the current trends and styles of living and the culture in general, exist because people want to live and interact in such a manner.

Furthermore, in my opinion, the book is totally against the evolving world. The author was basically, advocating for the past. He decision not to have and identity card, not to benefit from any social scheme and seek warmth in basic shelters demonstrates the author’s unwillingness to adapt to change and his desire to remain in the past. His choice of life is not, in any way different from the way people lived in the past. It is clear that the author is advancing a philosophy that he himself does not believe in. what does it mean to live without money currently? Is the author simply promoting ideas of a certain religion or giving his personal accounts of a life without money. A critical review of the text reveals that author seemed to believe that current cultures and money systems have been imposed on the population. Although, one will question how the author gained knowledge through formal curriculum without having to pay money.

In conclusion, the man who quit the money is a personal account of the author who discredited current traditions and chose to lead a live that does not involve money. The authors decision to quit money was informed by, the fact that, the current money culture does not allow him the natural freedoms to enjoy life in the most natural way. The author is biased in his remarks about the current money culture. He believes that people did not choose this form of life; instead, they were forced into it. He fails to understand that, just like in his case, people chose current lifestyles and they are free and happy, just like the author. I strongly believe that contrary to the authors believes, the current

Feb 9, 2018 in Review Category