“Man… sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.” — Dalai Lama
I agree with him to a large extent. Money has disconnected us from the most basic things in life – feeding ourselves, housing ourselves, clothing ourselves. How many people eat meat but wouldn’t be able to kill an animal? How many people buy a £2 t-shirt without having visited a cotton field in all its planet-destroying, health-ruining glory? Myself included.
We’ve all heard of the ‘free market economy’, in which nothing is ever free. But what about a world where there is no money at all? Where everyone gives there stuff, their skills, their knowledge, their time and their love freely, expecting nothing in return?
Realistically, I don’t think many people are ready to live entirely without money. But it’s an interesting concept and I’m going to start trying some of the ideas. Hopefully living with less attachment to money will allow me to reconnect with nature, ruin the planet a little less and give less support to inhumane systems of ’employment’ in developing countries.
Read the Moneyless Manifesto online for free (of course).