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Say What? Modern Day Cave Man on Why Money Sucks

"When I lived with money, 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."

— Daniel Suelo, a man who decided in 2000 to move into a cave to see what it would be like to live without money. Suelo has a degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado but began his path toward cave-dwelling in 1987 when he joined the Peace Corps and was placed in a remote area high in the Andes. He saw how money transformed this poor village into one that was "impoverished" in a different way by the influx of money, and after moving to Moab, UT, to volunteer at a women’s shelter, he decided to dispense with money completely. He lives on greens he forages for around his cave dwelling, has cooked up roadkill ("best venison I ever had"), and occasionally ventures into town and dumpster dives or gets food from friends. He may have renounced money — but not the Internet! Suelo has a blog he writes from the public library.


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emo_stacer emo_stacer 8 years
He is homeless by choice. Living off others excess and waste. Its not for everyone and its extreme, but he isn't doing anything wrong. And it doesn't seem like he asked for this publicity.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I love how this guy is featured in NY Times and everyone is like "wow! what a story!" Basically he's homeless and chooses to be. Since when did being a hobo become story worthy?? Neeeeeeeeeext!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
wow hiding, did you read anything at all? It says he uses the public library for his internet connection, he forages for food (lazy man's farming) and he cooks up roadkill (kinda like hunting and cleaning in one) I couldn't do what he does, but I respect his choice. He thinks he's living the life of Walden, but also throw in the episode of the Simpsons where Homer becomes a missionary and ruins some island society by introducing gambling.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
How did he pay for his computer and internet connection and the power needed to power it? I guess he could go to the public library. I don't agree with his lifestyle. I would agree with it if he grew vegetables and hunted or raised his own animals. I don't agree with living off of other people.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
This guy is really just a mooch. He might live without using money, but he heavily relies on the fact that other people use it. He scavenges for things that were paid for with money. If everyone decided to start living the way he does, no one would be able to survive.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Mo money, mo problems :)
sham28 sham28 8 years
I would say that he's extreme, but our culture's obsession with money is pretty extreme too. So peace be with him. :)
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