Daniel Suelo, who lives in a cave near Moab, Utah, has gone without using money since 2000.
“When I lived with money, I was always lacking,” he writes. “Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”
The idea started to take shape when Suelo was on a Peace Corps mission to Ecuador. As he monitored the health of the population of the village he was staying in, he noticed that their health declined as they made more money — “It looked like money was impoverishing them.” You can find out more about Suelo’s philosophy on his web site and follow his adventures on his blog, both of which he updates at the public library.