Saturday, June 29, 2013

Life without Money

Mark Boyle is one of a small number of individuals who has lived without money in recent times. These include Heidemarie Schwermer and Suelo. However a moneyless life is not a new idea; indeed it is the system of money itself that is the new development, having existed for only a small fraction of human history.

The Moneyless Man, Mark’s first book, is a personal story of his first year living completely without money. In it he relives the experience, describing why he initially felt compelled to do it; how he practically went about it; the physical, emotional and psychological challenges he faced; the liberation he experienced; how it felt, on a very personal level, to live without money in a world driven by the relentless need to make more of it; and the ways it changed his perspective on the world.
Throughout the journey he offers up lots of tips and advice on how you can simultaneously reduce both your dependency on money and your ecological impact, whilst increasing your sense of connection and identity with the people in your community and the land under your feet.

”If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.
If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor.
If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it.”

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