Radical concepts break established patterns. To even begin to conceptualize such a radical concept as living without the normal means of monetary investment…viewing money and possessions as transient means of exchange, and defying the cultural imperative that one must toil, horde, and covet opens the collective neural pathways to innovative new ways to imagine life outside our artificial value systems. At a time in history when the concepts of money, materialism, and western-style consumerism are being upturned, it worth pondering:
I had everything I needed, I had a house and I had raised two children. I gave it all away.”
The documentary Living Without Money portraits the life of 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She cancelled her apartment, gave away all of her belongings and kept nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This was a decision that changed the entire outlook on her life dramatically.
Today, after 14 years, she is still living almost without money and claims she is feeling more free and independent than ever. The film follows Heidemarie in her day to day life and shows the challenges she meets by living an alternative lifestyle.
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Daniel Suelo is 51 years old and broke. Happily broke. Consciously, deliberately, blessedly broke.
Not only does he not have debt, a mortgage or rent, he does not earn a salary. Nor does he buy food or clothes, or own any product with a lower case “i” before it. Home is a cave on public land outside Moab, Utah. He scavenges for food from the garbage or off the land (fried grasshoppers, anyone?). He has been known to carve up and boil fresh road kill. He bathes, without soap, in the creek.
Not everyone’s lifestyle…but with failing currencies, massive foreclosures, and credit debt, to imagine the alternatives is an exercise in future survival, even abundance.