Posted on 10th December, 2009
Originally posted by: Joel Willans
What would you call a man who has lived without money for nearly a decade? A 21st century prophet, an incorrigible tramp, a professional blaggar? All these names and many more have been leveled at Daniel Suelo, an American who claims he’s not spent a single cent in nearly nine years
Utah Cave Man
Suelo calls a Utah cave home and gets his food from Mother Nature or his local town’s dustbins. Despite living a hermit like lifestyle he hasn’t completely forsaken civilization. Besides scavenging for food, he checks into the local library to write a blog. It’s here that you can get an insight into why he’s voluntarily gone penniless for so long.
“Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”
“When I lived with money,” he says, “I was always lacking. Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”
Fair play to the man I say.
A barter way of living
And it seems I’m not alone in supporting his endeavors. Another no money man, Mark Boyle, recently appeared in the Guardian. Although, he’s only been cash free for six months, his blog post prompted hundreds of comments. Many people were very supportive, but some condemned him for “threatening capitalism” by bartering instead of using currency.
Boyle is the founder of The Freeconomy Community, which aims is to help reconnect people in their local communities through the simple act of sharing. That promoting such a sensible philosophy provoked such a rabid response among some, just goes to show how blinkered we’ve become.
Now, more than ever, people should consider alternatives rather than ignore them. Although bartering is hardly new, it does appear to be on the rise once more. Rather than knock it as a system, perhaps some of those critic might like to try it first.