The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen is a book that I heard about when listening on day to NPR. Mark was being interviewed about his nonfiction book about Daniel Suelo, a man who abandoned all of his money in 2000 and has been living off the land ever since.
Daniel Suelo embarked on a spiritual, religious, and ethical journey trying to discover who he was and who he wanted to be. His story is incredibly interesting. Daniel makes his home in caves and finds the majority of his food from foraging in the wild and through dumpster diving. Before you “ew” his dumpster treats, get this: most of the food he finds is fully packaged, from grocery store dumpsters, with that day’s expiration dates on them.
Okay, I wouldn’t want to eat ANY dumpster food, no matter how sealed, but it could be way worse, right?
The Man Who Quit Money gave background into Daniel’s current life and the things that make him who he is. There was also a lot of background into the culture of the times, which added to the story. At times, though, I wanted more Daniel and less background.
I think Daniel’s story is incredible. He decided to unchain himself from the monetary system completely. It’s not for me, but it does remind me that I can do more to help those in need, and maybe refrain from judging some lifestyles, like Daniel’s.
After all, maybe that homeless person on the street is down on his luck. . . or maybe he is choosing to live that way. Either way, a little kindness to him won’t hurt.
What good did have you done, or will do, today?