Just read this story about a man who decided to live without money! And thought I should share this here.
To quote Wikjipedia, “Mark Boyle aka The Moneyless Man (born 8 May 1979) is an Irish activist and writer best known for founding the online Freeconomy Community, and for living without money since November 2008. Boyle writes regularly for the Freeconomy Blog and British newspaper The Guardian. His first book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living was published in 2010. Boyle currently lives near Bath, in South-west England.”
I was impressed when I read some of his quotations from Wikipedia. He says, for instance, “”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.” Very simple, but very true, is it not? Just like Gandhiji’s thoughts that made him choose this style of life.
Here is another one: “The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that we’re completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the stuff we buy.”
I think it is better that you read from the original sources rather than I try to paraphrase them. See this story, which was posted in Facebook, from where I learned about this man: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/10/the-man-who-lives-without-money.html
Or read this page in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Boyle_(Moneyless_Man)
Of course, everyone may not be able to emulate him. But, his importance is, I think, in showing that a different life is possible, that could give us a different world without much of today’s problems. I believe that it is such different, perhaps “crazy” people who will finally change the world into a better place for living.