In the past few decades, a popular philosophy and lifestyle has taken root, usually in combination with one another. Where money ceases to be the answer for many of the key issues involving problems on a personal scale. Sounds pretty amazing huh? Well it is in all actuality, but it doesn’t come without its share of sacrifices and struggles. I’m referring to moneyless living.
If you’ve been residing in an oppressive economy that cycles through people and places price tags on naturally occurring resources (like water), then the practice of this idea might appear to be overly austere and pointless. But I guess it is if you aren’t entirely certain of the reason you’re devoting yourself to it. However, with an empathetic spirit, it’s at least easier to develop a principled understanding of this way of life.
Two very big proponents that champion this type of lifestyle are Daniel Suelo and Mark Boyle. Suelo hails from these United States and Boyle spends much of his time in England. Two similar approaches to living, but two different parts of the world.
Daniel Suelo has “quit money,” a phrase that stems from his own teachings and lifestyle. In Autumn of 2000, Suelo walked away from money and to this day hasn’t looked back.
Based off of a gift economy (freely give, freely receive), the system that he has instilled in his daily life is supposed to represent a balance between others and to some degree it appears to be working.
The only chink in his philosophical armor that most people criticize him for is the assistance that he receives from people who do use money, but that seems like more of a reach than an educated opposing view.
Find out more from Daniel Suelo here, http://zerocurrency.blogspot.com/?m=1.
Mark Boyle, known as the “Moneyless Man,” has also given up on the idea of using money as a vital tool for people to acquire services and goods.
Instead, he believes in the concept referred to as the “freeconomy.” The freeconomy is set up to where people exchange only goods and services, but no currency of any kind. It’s supposed provide a more meaningful and cohesive existence within a community, very much like Suelo’s philosophy.
A one time professional that was involved with major organic food companies, Boyle eventually decided to tackle this systemic issue on a greater level. Mark has several books to read over about himself and his philosophies on , https://m.facebook.com/pages/Just-for-the-love-of-it-The-Freeconomy-Community/189405547773897 and http://www.moneylessmanifesto.org/.
So, now that you’re a little more aware of the two movements that I’ve written about, what do you have to offer the earth, the public, and yourself?