Choosing to Live Outside and Battling Alcoholism
Kyle says he first went to live in the forest with pot growers after breaking up with a girlfriend, who he had tried to save from alcohol addiction. He avoids homeless shelters, and prefers camping outside despite the many challenges such as cold weather, or the lack of security when living in a precarious state.
"I even got stabbed in the face, one night, while walking down the streets in an alley. I was trying to save a girl from a known drug dealer who was on top of her. I'm an alcoholic. I tried to manage it through self-control but I’ve come a long way but it used to have control over me. I have tried other drugs such as LSD, mushrooms, DMT (Dimethyltryptamine, also a hallucinogenic drug.) They actually helped me overcome my alcoholic issues. I actually think that weed, LSD and mushrooms helps you to expand your mind just like Steve Jobs said you should take LSD and I agree with that."
Harsh Words Against the Government and the Mistreatment of Homeless
Whatever is said in speeches and political promises, Kyle says he looks at what is actually going on and doesn't believe government in general cares about people like him living on the streets.
"The government doesn't care about the homeless, they want to freaking genocide us," he said. "They only care about the rich. "
He also doesn't like when people look down on those without stable housing.
"I think it's social hierarchical bullshit when people treat the homeless badly. It's just like the system in India where they have the caste system.... Some of the greatest minds come from the ghettos. It’s just shallow to determine people’s personal values by the money system and that’s just shallow."
A Last Message, In His Own Words
Kyle says he's seen homeless such as a doctor in Los Angeles who lost everything in a divorce but now helps other homeless deal with their ailments, and according to him that's a good street lesson.
"My last message to the people ... is average people walking down on the streets should not look down on homeless persons because they don't know their story. If they were to put themselves in their shoes, which no one ever does anymore, they will realize that they have very good reasons. Don't perceive your own personal values based on this .... system that evil men have created for their own benefits to profit from money and banking. Do you care about making money or getting out there to show some love?" he asked as we concluded our interview.
Photos by Jordan Blevins and reporting by Prince Nesta for Our Town Reno